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Lyr Req: The Dead Men (Peggy Seeger)

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GUEST,JHW in the library 16 Oct 08 - 12:46 PM
Jim Carroll 16 Oct 08 - 02:45 PM
GUEST,JHW in another Library 20 Oct 08 - 08:01 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Dead Men
From: GUEST,JHW in the library
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 12:46 PM

I've tried various Google and Mudcat searches but can't find the song I assume is called The Dead Men which in these times I would rather like to add at least temporarily to my repertoire.

The Dead Men range the stock exchange ....   ..

They live and die for ICI, Vickers, Rolls Royce and Shell ... ..

Write on ? tomb they are our doom

A curse upon them all.

Any help would as ever be gratefully received.

Thanks, John

(PS my laptop has died so I'm only in the library for now but even after resetting cookies, clearing caches etc. I can't get to be recognized as a Mudcat member)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DEAD MEN (Peggy Seeger)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 02:45 PM

There you go:


THE DEAD MEN
Peggy Seeger

The rain runs down through London Town. Like tears the rain does fall.
The dead men creep up Downing Street, Westminster and Whitehall.
The waters rise before their eyes and they hear the drowning call.
Tired and grey, they turn away.
A curse upon them all!

The dead men rise and open their eyes, ready to buy and sell,
To turn the wheel of English Steel, Vickers, Rolls Royce and Shell.
They live and die for ICI and from safe behind their wall
They buy and sell a vision of hell.
A curse upon you all!

The dead men range the stock exchange, where every game is fair.
A throw of dice and the market price divides the world in shares.
Row on row of carrion crows, they perch on London Wall.
They flourish and thrive on flesh that's alive.
A curse upon them all!

And you who stand and create with your hands the gallows, the bomb, the gun,
Who drop your bob in the Oxfam box after the killing's done,
Who draw your pay, then turn away from the ones up against the wall:
Go to your bed, and sleep with the dead.
A curse upon you all!

The tears run down through city and town. Like rain the tears do fall.
The dead men stand with blood on their hands. The blood is upon us all.
Biafra dies before our eyes, and we weave her shroud and pall.
Write on her tomb, "We are your doom.
A curse upon us all!"


Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Dead Men (Peggy Seeger)
From: GUEST,JHW in another Library
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 08:01 AM

Thanks very much

John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Dead Men (Peggy Seeger)
From: buzzer64
Date: 20 May 10 - 01:29 PM

Jim! I am truly in your debt! I had this song years ago and lost it. It can now be made as topical and hard hitting as ever. Many,many thanks to you (and Peggy).....Dan Kelly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Dead Men (Peggy Seeger)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 May 10 - 05:35 PM

You're very welcome.
As you say, it's a great song - written for the 1968 Festival of Fools.
I always think it a little ironic that it is set to the Anti- Semitic 'Jew's Daughter' ballad tune (American version).
Jim Carroll


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