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Posted By: Joe Offer
21-Mar-01 - 06:08 PM
Thread Name: Songs about retirement / for a retirement party
Subject: add: THAT'S HOW THE WORLD GOES ON ^^
THAT'S HOW THE WORLD GOES ON
(Peggy Seeger)

When a miner gets old, he leaves the coal-face,
Abandons his work and the tools of his trade;
The mine was his life but the life got too tough,
When a miner gets old, they pension him off.
Now he looks to his garden, walks down to the pub,
Goes out with the wife, plays darts at the club.
*A strong young miner is filling his tubs-
That's how the world goes on.

Chorus: That's how the world goes on and on,
That's how the world goes on;
A strong young miner is filling his tubs-
That's how the world goes on.

When a seaman gets old, he retires to land,
Leaving the skills that were at his command;
He dreams of his ship and it's hard to be free,
When a seaman gets old, he's not welcome at sea.
Now he sits on a bench and he cracks with his mates,
Hangs around harbours and dockyard gates.
A strong young seaman has taken his place-
That's how the world goes on. (chorus)

When a lover grows old, he's tempted to spurn
The knowledge that took him a lifetime to learn;
But a woman is more than a mine or a ship-
My lover's grown old and I won't let him quit.
You've still got the job, you've a garden to tend,
No pension for lovers, just toil to the end.
*It's time to clock on, love, so kiss me again,
That's how the world goes on. (chorus)

*This line becomes the third line of each following chorus.

Source: Peggy Seeger Songbook
copyright 1992, Peggy Seeger (written in 1988)

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