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Thread #14681   Message #3864365
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Jul-17 - 09:41 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Chemical Worker's Song
(Ron Angel)

A process man am I and I'm telling you no lie,
I work and breathe among the fumes that trail across the sky.
There's thunder all around me and poison in the air,
There's a lousy smell that smacks of hell,
And dust all in me hair.

And it's go, boy, go,
They'll time your every breath.
And every day you're in this place,
You're two days nearer death, but yer go-o-o.

I've worked among the spinners and I've breathed the oily smoke,
I've shovelled up the gypsum and it nigh on makes you choke;
I've stood knee deep in cyanide, gone sick with caustic burn,
'Been working rough and seen enough to make your stomach turn

TherE's overtime and bonus opportunities galore,
The young lads like the money and they all come back for more;
But soon you're knocking on and look older than you should,
For every bob made on the job you pay with flesh and blood.

©1964 Ron Angel

notes:" "The Chemical Worker's Song" was written by Ron Angel, organizer of the Stockton Folk Club, Teesside, England for the last 20 years. It was recorded in 1971 by Tradition Records and has traveled widely, being heard in Australia and California. Ron writes: Source: Sing Out! Magazine, Volume 29, Number 3 (1983), pages 52-53

Also appears on page 253 of the Rise Up Singing Songbook.

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