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Thread #9599   Message #63089
Posted By: alison
14-Mar-99 - 11:31 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yesterday's Men (Phil Coulter)
Subject: Lyr Add: YESTERDAY'S MEN (Phil Coulter)
Hi susan,

I'm sure Musicman would have posted them... but he very kindly handwrote them and scanned them to me because I needed them in a hurry. (Thanks Musicman)

Here is the song, (I changed a few words to make it the way I have heard it sung.)

the tune will follow when I sort it out......

(Phil Coulter)

'Twas Joey the weasel that gave us the wire
They were closin' our factory down
Tho' we didn't believe him and we called him a liar
The redundancy letters came down
As we read them in silence I choked back a tear
It is hard to believe after twenty-odd years


Farewell my companions, my friends and my workmates
Farewell to the paydays, the pints, and the crack
Oh we gave them our best years, now they've paid us back,
By making us yesterdays men sure as hell
By making us yesterday's men.

So we said our goodbyes at the factory gate
One cold Friday evening last year
And I saw it all there in the eyes of my mates
The anger the sadness the fear
Like our fathers before us we worked there with pride
Then we fought back the bitterness burning inside.

When Jimmy(?? Ginny) said sure give the kids a few bob,
After all it was Friday night
Ah, how could I tell her I was out of a job?
And now things were going to be tight
How well I remember it cut like a knife
I was never a day on the dole in my life.

The machines now are silent, the workbench is bare
And there's dust on the factory floor
They've boarded the windows and they've chained up the gate,
And they've padlocked the factory door,
And I'm on the scrap heap, and I'm thirty-nine
As one of the hundreds shot down in my prime.