Building Up and Tearing England Down I have won the hero's name With McAlpine and Costain FitzMurphy Ash and Wimpey's gangs I've been often on the road On me way to draw the dole There's nothing left to do for Johnny Laing I used to think that God Made the mixer pick and hod So that Paddy might know hell above the ground I've had gangers big and tough Tell me tales old and rough * When you're building up and tearing England down. In the tunnel underground A young Limmerick man was found He was built into the New Victoria Line When the bonus gang had past Sticking from the concrete cast Was the face of little Charlie Joe Devine A ganger named McGirck Made Paddy hate the work When a gas-main burst he flew off the ground Oh they swore he said gone slack I won't be here untill I'm back Keep on building up and tearing England down I remember Jack McCann That poor old stuttering man Felt the better for his stammer in a week And that poor old stuttering man He fell from a shuttering jam And was never ever more Inclined to speak. No more like Robin Hood will he roam down Cricklewood Or dance around the pubs of Camden Town Oh let no man complain Sure no Pat can die in vain When you're building up and tearing England down. I remember Carrier Jack With his hod upon his back He swore he'd one day set the world on fire But his face they'd never seen Filth! his shovel it cut clean Through the middle of a big high tension wire I saw the big McCall From a big flyover fall Into a concrete mixer spinning round O it was not his intent He got a fine head of cement While building up and tearing England down. So come all you navies bold Who may think that English gold Is just waiting to be taken from each sod Or the likes of you and me Would ever get an O.B.E. Or a knighthood for good service to the hod There's a concrete master race To keep you in your place And a ganger man to knock you to the ground If you ever try to take Part of what the bosses make When you're building up and tearing England down. When you're building up and tearing England down. Taken from Noel Murphy's C.D. 'A Session' * Noel seems to sing 'tell me tares ould out rough' I can't ask him for an explanation as he is away in the north east on some gigs at the moment.) On his C.D. Noel lists this as traditional and he is pretty careful when researching ownership of material. However, it can't be that old judging by the events and companies described. I spent some time working on the building sites in London in the early sixties and can vouch for the roughness and the humour in the song. McAlpine and Costain, FitzMurphy Ash and Wimpey's are or were construction firms in the 60's. New Victoria Line---A new underground railway line built in the 60's BAZ OCT98
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