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Sixteen on the Dole The future held such promise as he started at the school Every day a new day, full of learning, full of rules They taught him all about his world as by the years did roll He was sixteen years a schoolkid, now he's sixteen on the dole At school he was no genius but still he didn't care He was young and he was happy in the sun and in the air For soon he would become a man and try to reach his goal But the joy soon turned to bitterness at sixteen on the dole And I've seen him in the city streets more times than I can tell All around this country his face is known so well As he wanders round killing time, his life an endless stroll He was sixteen years a schoolkid, now he's sixteen on the dole The world he sees around him is a world that doesn't care For it shows him what a teenage kid should eat and drink and wear And through its glittering pop world makes him wander like a mole You can't afford the sunshine at sixteen on the dole And I've seen him .................... In time the gravestone of this crime will bear the victim's name All the wreaths and flowery words won't hide the nation's shame For the politicians have no cure for cancer of the soul He was sixteen years a schoolkid, now he's sixteen on the dole And I've seen him LK oct99
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