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Boxing Day

  • Robb Johnson

    And it feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
    It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day
    It feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
    It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day

    When I sit down at my table, clasp my hands and bow my head
    Should I thank my heavenly landlord for my daily crust of bread
    When the hunters in his stable and the hounds in his pack
    Get the pickings of the harvest on which I break my back
    There's a fence around the common land put there by the law
    It's called hunting if you're gentry but it's poaching if you're poor
    And the law forgives your trespass like the hounds forgive the fox
    You must number all your blessings with the ha'pence in your box

    Now the forest is a shipwreck and the field is full of stone
    It's hard to find a blade of grass some bastard doesn't own
    And they stopped the earth up for us and they drove us into town
    Now they say there's no work for us and they've closed the factory down

    They're still meeting in the country for the hunt and for the course
    You can join the bloody gentry if you can afford a bleedin' horse
    And we raid along the railway and we pray we don't get caught
    God damn you merry gentlefolk for your money and your sport

    When I sit down at my table, clasp my hands and bow my head
    Should I thank my heavenly landlord for my daily crust of bread
    For the whip and hand that feeds us and keeps us in our place
    One day we'll turn and wipe the smile clean off your bloody face

    As sung by Roy Bailey

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1991:] Expresses opposition to blood sports and brilliantly uses the image to make another connection. (Notes Roy Bailey, 'Never Leave A Story Unsung')

  • [1994:] A traditional Boxing Day activity is the Hunt. (Notes Boys of the Lough, 'Midwinter Night's Dream')

  • [2000:] (1988) I wrote this because Neil "Shelley's Children" Dunnett was short of a track for an "Artists for Animals" benefit LP ... (Notes Robb Johnson, 'Margaret Thatcher: My Part In Her Downfall')

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