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Thread #13335   Message #806664
Posted By: Charley Noble
19-Oct-02 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: fiddler's green - different version
Subject: Lyr Add: NEW 'FIDDLER'S GREEN' (parody)
Back in the days when I used to be a tenants union organizer we used to sing:

Give me hundreds of damage deposits,
No more on your streets I'll be seen;
Just tell all me tenants,
I'm collecting the rent(ants),
And it's off to Bermuda
With lots of long green.

There was also a British parody I ran across in the 1970's related to creating a heaven for old housing squatters:
(Words by Hackney & Islington Music Workshop © 1978
Tune: parody of Fiddler's Green by John Connelly © World March Music Ltd.)

Now Fiddler's Green is a place I've heard tell
Where old squatters go if they don't go to hell;
It's where all homeless people find homes, I believe;
There's no locks on the doors because nobody thieves.


Wrap me up with my blanket and crowbar;
No more 'round the squats I'll be seen;
You can tell my old squat mates that I've had my lot, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

There's houses stand empty in Fiddler's Green;
The walls are all dry and the floors are all clean;
You just go to the Council and ask them the way,
And a bailiff comes 'round to make sure you're O.K. (CHO)

All the neighbors rush in with a big pot of tea,
While the meter is fixed by a friendly P.C.;
There's no leaky roofs and there's no leaky bogs,
And there's no nasty callers with Alsatian dogs. (CHO)

Now working for money, of course, it's been banned;
You just take what you need and you do what you can,
And even the babies are learning to see
There's no need to be greedy when everything's free. (CHO)

Now it seems to be homeless these days is a crime;
So I'll pack all my bags and I'll travel through time,
And if all you good people can see what I mean
You may ask what's so strange about Fiddler's Green. (CHO)

Landlady's Daughter, not to be confused with Charley Noble