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Lyr Req: Working Man's Song

12 Mar 99 - 01:46 AM (#62574)
Subject: working man's song
From: alison

Anyone any ideas...... I'm accompanying a bloke on St Pat's and have been given a list of songs I've never heard of.......... hence all the threads.....

Slainte

alison


12 Mar 99 - 06:50 AM (#62588)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From:

Alison
If you type in working man in forum search subject box a thread comes up with the song It's A Working Man I Am.
Hope that's of help, sorry can't do the clever blue bit.
Regards Baz


12 Mar 99 - 09:03 AM (#62603)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From:

you could try The Sick note by the Dubliners.

very funny and fairly easy

Regards


12 Mar 99 - 07:51 PM (#62732)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: alison

Thanks Baz....

That's the one.... I tried "working man" yesterday with no luck... will try again...

Slainte

alison


13 Mar 99 - 09:36 AM (#62792)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: skw@worldmusic.de

Could it be 'The Old Man's Song' by Ian Campbell? It doesn't seem to be in the DT - I tried various searches. And now I can't even come up with the first line! - Susanne


13 Mar 99 - 11:41 AM (#62813)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Jack Hickman - Kingston ON

It's a Working Man I am was written by Rita MacNeil from Cape Breton. Maybe there's a category either for her songs or Cape Breton songs which might give you what you want.

Keep the Faith.

Jack Hickman


13 Mar 99 - 07:29 PM (#62900)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: alison

Thanks everybody (especially BAZ for the chords),

I found it doing a thread search.

Slainte

alison


13 Mar 99 - 07:59 PM (#62904)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca

She sang it, but I think it was written by another Cape Bretoner, Jack.

How about "The Log Driver's Waltz", by Wade Helmsworth?


13 Mar 99 - 09:04 PM (#62914)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Mick Lowe

Alison,
There's "millions" of working "persons" songs...
apart from "Working Man" & "Paddy & the Barrel.. aka the Sick Note.. written by Pat Cooksey & performed by everyone under the sun including yours truly)...
Just look at all the "fishing" songs.. e.g. Boys from Killybegs, 3 Score & Ten (very much an English song adopted by the Irish), Westering Home (a Scottish song adopted by the Irish)..The Old Polina ( A Scottish song adopted by the Canadians and then the Irish)...
Or perhaps my favourite adoptee.. Dublin Jack of All Trades, claimed by everyone as their own, from Glasgow down to Dover.
Or am I missing the point here and you were looking for songs with "work" in the title?
I still think the best "work" song is "Gold watch blues" by Woody Guthrie I think... only ever heard it done by Donovan.. neither of which were Irish to my knowledge..LOL..
Have a great Paddy's Day by the way..
All the best
Mick


13 Mar 99 - 09:37 PM (#62919)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: alison

Hi again,

Thanks for all of your help...... I am backing a fella who I don't usually play with for St Pat's and he gave me a list of songs which he does (and I am unfamiliar with)........ hence various threads...

Baz gave me the one I was looking for earlier on "It's a working man I am."

So, as far as I am concerned....... I've found the one I wanted... but don't let me stop you..... you're right there are heaps of good working songs out there....

And Happy St Pat's to you too.

Slainte

alison


14 Mar 99 - 06:43 PM (#63028)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca

"Working Man" as sung by Rita MacNeil is about coal miners in Cape Breton.

Actually, I always liked that country and western one about the rich man doing the dancing while the poor man pays the band. C&W may not fit into your range for Saint Patrick's Day though.


14 Mar 99 - 08:05 PM (#63042)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Big Mick

Christy Moore's "Ordinary Man" is a pretty good one.

Mick


15 Mar 99 - 10:32 AM (#63163)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: AlistairUK

There's also The Chemical Worker's Song by Ron Angel which is a corker to get them singing and is pretty nifty to sing as well.


15 Mar 99 - 07:04 PM (#63263)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca

Men of Worth, by Archie Fisher.


30 Oct 04 - 10:51 AM (#1311400)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: GUEST,steam4498@ntlworld.com

Its "working man" Or "working manI am" by Rita MacNeil & the men of he deeps, from her "mining the soul" album. if you enter a search for either Working Man or Rita MacNeil you should get it, she also has her own web page under Rita MacNeil.


30 Oct 04 - 02:04 PM (#1311525)
Subject: RE: working man's song
From: Deckman

Squid Jigging Ground. Bob


30 Oct 04 - 07:21 PM (#1311769)
Subject: Lyr Add: STRANGER TO THE SEASONS (Ralph McTell)
From: Fliss

stranger to the seasons by Ralph McTell

A man without a job is a stranger to the seasons
The April rain will soak you like the worst November brings
And we're tired of the excuses and the carefully worded reasons
Without Winter there's no Summer
Without Autumn there's no Spring.

When the factories close down the life bleeds from the town.
Some politicians tells us, 'move and build another home',
But weren't they voted in to lead us?
No one said they had to feed us.
If they'd get us back our jobs
Then we would take care of our own.

Chorus
For a man without a job
Is a stranger to the seasons
No music to the cycle of the changes will he hear.
Like a band without a drummer
There's no Winter, Spring, or Summer
There's no rhythm to the passing of the
Months that make the year.

Everyone is poorer for the millions
Who keep growing
Whose season stays at Autumn
And whose only colour's grey
Though we get by on the dole
It feeds the body, starves the soul
And stirs the bitterness that's growing
In the ones who've been betrayed.

Chorus


Love It's a Working Man I am.. Pat from Cuckoo Oak sings it

Fliss


29 Dec 04 - 06:41 AM (#1366634)
Subject: Lyr Add: WORKING MAN (Rita MacNeil)
From: GUEST,grantcockburn@scoopmail.com.au

Spoken Introduction:
This song is dedicated to my father, Dan McFee,
who worked in the coal mines of Cape Breton.
It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

At the age of sixteen years,
He quarrels with his peers,
Who vow they'll never see another one,
In the dark recess of the mine,
Where you age before your time,
And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs.

It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

At the age of sixty-four,
He'll greet you at the door,
And he'll gently lead you by the arm,
Through the dark recess of the mine,
Oh, he'll take you back in time,
And he'll tell you of the hardships that were his.

It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

{G}It's a working man I am,
And I've {C}been down un{G}derground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see {D}the sun,
{G}Or for any length of time,
I can {C}hold it in my {G}mind,
I never again will {D}go un{G}derground.


03 Feb 05 - 12:24 AM (#1397471)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Working Man's Song
From: GUEST,andy

The working man song was released by Fruher in 1987 from London by the BBc. As a one hit wonder import they were never heard from again.


03 Feb 05 - 10:56 AM (#1397916)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Working Man's Song
From: GUEST,Joe_F

Cyril Tawney: "Monday Morning", "In the Sidings".

Ewan MacColl wrote a lot of them and sang a lot more. Look up _The Essential Ewan MacColl Songbook_, and his recordings of folksongs.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

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