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jacko@nz Lyr Req: Sold Down the River Again (Pete Coe) (8) Lyr Add: SOLD DOWN THE RIVER AGAIN (Pete Coe) 26 Aug 04


By Pete Coe, I think

SOLD DOWN THE RIVER AGAIN
(Pete Coe)

Let no one persuade you it's easy to hide
These tears in the Mersey, the blood on the tide
For it's here I was born and here I will bide
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

All ships and traders came in from the sea
Clippers with cargoes of cotton and tea
Sugar and slaves for the lands of the free
Sold down the river again, sold down the river

All the merchants and bankers recoup share
For the city that made you you know how to care
When you counted you profits invested elsewhere
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

Warehouses crumbled and shipyards decayed
There's rust in the river and dust on the quay
No wonder your people and councillors say
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

The spirit is fading, poverty waits                     
For it's churches and charities stand at the gate
You can mortgage your future and increase your rates
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

Raised upon charity held down by poverty
Sold down the river again
Built upon slavery, brought down by knavery
Sold down the river again,

I tell you this morning some people came down..?
With Keegan, Shankly , they once drew a crowd
But if eleven could see you, for crying out loud
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

Me dad's on the brew since they gave him the sack
Me hard sense of humour's beginning to crack
Our kids on his bike again out on the smack
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

And we've launched all your liners and fought in your wars
But lord if you hold out your trembling hand
When we went to Westminster to show you the scars
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

Peace and democracy bring down hypocrisy
Sold down the river again
Martyrs and heretics, masons and politics
Sold down the river again

Government ministers sitting by dawn            
They don't heed the warning or answer the call
They're safe in the suburbs, understand bugger all
Sold down the river again, sold down the river again

In somewhere and Houndsworth the story's the same
Or Brixton or Belfast you cannot disclaim
If they can't find the answer the police take the blame
Sold down the river again

Raised upon charity, held down by poverty
Sold down the river again

Cheers,

Jack


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