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Thread #19019   Message #192994
Posted By: Garry Gillard
10-Mar-00 - 09:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Song of the Lower Classes
Subject: Lyr Add: THE SONG OF THE LOWER CLASSES^^
The version you put up, Wolfgang, does not have one stanza that Martin Carthy sings. In that stanza, I cannot catch two of the lines. You'll see the ??

We plough and sow we are so low
That we delve in the dirty clay
Till we bless the plain with golden grain
And the vale with the fragrant hay
Our place we know we are so low
Down at the landlord's feet
We're not too low the bread to grow
Too low the bread to eat

Down down we go we are so low
To the hell of the deep sunk mine
But we gather the proudest gems that glow
When the crown of the despot shines
Whenever he lacks upon our backs
Fresh loads he deigns to lay
We're far too low to vote the tax
Not too low to pay

We're low we're low we're rabble we know
Yet at our plastic po ????
The mould at the lordling's feet will grow
Into palace and church and town
Then prostrate fall in the rich man's hall
Cringe at the rich man's door
We're not too low to build the wall
To low to tread to tread the floor

We're low we're low yet from our fingers glide
The silken flow and the robes that glow
Round the limbs of the sons of pride
And what we get and what we give
We know and we know our share
We're not too low the cloth to weave
Too low the cloth to wear

We're low we're low we are so low
Yet when the trumpets ring
The thrust of a poor man's arm will go
Through the heart of the proudest king
We're low we're low our place we know
Only the rank and file
We're not too low to kill the foe
Too low to touch the spoil ^^