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GUEST,Lavengro Lyr/Chord Req: Cottager's Reply (F Mansell/C Wood) (17) RE: Lyr/Chord Req: Cottager's Reply (F Mansell/C Wood) 08 Mar 13


Saw Chris Wood recently and when he played this his introduction to the song included a (as he put it) little one verse "country" version. He said he had been asked for permission to use his version by a couple who were fed up of unsolicited requests from semi retired bankers wanting to buy their ranch. He did say that their version was up on youtube but I couldn't find it.

In terms of the sentiments expressed I think it chimes a lot with Imagined Village updated Hard Times of Old England?


For five generations my family have farmed
By horse and by tractor by hoe and by hand
But that won't stave of the banks latest demand
Singing oh the hard times of old England

Time was I could sell all I grew at the shop
Then Tesco turned up all of that had to stop
Now I can't make a living out of my crop
Singing oh the hard times of old England

More and more of our village gets sold every day
To folks from the city who seem happy to pay
For their holiday cottage to stand empty all day
Singing oh the hard times of old England

The Countryside Alliance expects I suppose
Our support as they're marching to bloody Blair's nose
But they said not a word when our post office closed
Singing oh the hard times of old England

The hedgerows my grandfather tended have gone
And with them the lapwing and the corncrakes sad song
And I fear I'll be following on before long
Singing oh the hard times of old England

And now to conclude and to finish my song;
Let's hope that these hard times they will not last long,
And I may soon have occasion for to alter my song
Singing oh the good times of old England
In old England very good times
                                

This last verse is one I tag into the sbove version when I play it



Well our local has turned into a 'gastro pub'
Armani and Prada, like a city boys club
Now the beers too expensive for us to keep up
Singing oh the hard times of old England


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