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The Work of the Weavers (David Shaw) We are all met together here to sit and to crack With our glasses in our hands and our work upon our backs And there's not a trade among them all can neither mend nor mak Gin it wasna for the work of the weavers If it wasna for the weavers, what would you do You wouldna hae cloth that's made o wool Ye wouldna hae a coat neither black nor the blue Gin it wasna for the work o the the weavers The hireman chiels, they mock us and crack aye aboots They say that we are thin faced, bleached like cloots But yet for all their mockery, they canna do wi oots No they canna want the work o the weavers There's our rights and our slaters and glaziers and a' Our doctors and ministers and them that live by law And our friends in South America, tho them we never saw But we know they wear the work of the weavers There's our sailors and our soldiers, we know they're all bauld But if they hadna clothes, faith they couldna live for cauld The high and low, the rich and poor, a'body young and auld They widna want the work o the weavers There's folk that's independent of other tradesman work The women need no barbers and dykers need no clerk But none o them can do wi out a coat or a shirt No, they canna want the work o the weavers The weaving is a trade that never can fail As longs we need a cloth to keep another hale So let us aye be merry over a bicket of good ale And drink a health to the weavers Recorded by MacColl, Ray Fischer, the Corries and many others SOF
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