Here Come the Navvies

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lyrics

I am a navigational and come from County Cork
And I had to leave my native land to find a job of work
The crops were bad in Ireland and the tax too much to pay
So I travelled far across the sea to build the rail way.

Here come the navvies, out to earn their pay
We work with barrow, plough and spade to clear the cut away
And when we swing our hammers down, with sweat all through the day
And we scar the face of nature for to build the rail way

Once I was a ploughman and I did a decent job
I worked from dawn 'til darkness just to earn a couple o' bob
But when the praties died on us I couldn't pay me way
And so I travelled far across the sea to build the railway

The lads who build the railway, we are a motley crew
And when we've sweated all day long, we like a drink or two
The local folk don't take to us, but still I'm proud to say
In years to come our monument will be the railway

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from Decay, released May 24, 2017

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