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Happy Sam

  • (Dave Hillery / John Hartley)

    Chorus:
    And Ah cry a fig for care
    Rough and ready though me fare
    And Ah try to do me duty to me neighbour
    Do you wonder who I am
    Me name is happy Sam
    Ah'm a member of the multitude of labour

    Oh good neet friends one and all
    Ah just thowt Ah'd mek a call
    For Ah love to see a crowd of 'appy faces
    And sin' last time here Ah've bin
    Many strange things have Ah sin
    For Ah shove me nose into all sorts of places

    Ah've seen rich fowk wastin' brass
    And despisin' t' workin' class
    Never thinking that they owe to us their riches
    An' Ah've seen loud-talkin' men
    Allus boastin of their sen
    An' Ah've known the wives o't yon were wearin't' britches

    Oh there's many an honest chap
    Though 'e hasn't got a rap
    Nor a decent suit o' clothes to keep 'im warm in
    Aye and many a knave well dressed
    Wi' a black heart in his breast
    But Ah treat such like as better sort of varmin

    An' there's workin fowk a lot
    Who can boast a cosy cot
    Wi' a buxom wife and childer strong and 'earty
    Who can smoke their pipe at neet
    Wi' warm slippers at their feet
    And enough to eat and wear Sunday and workday

    Ah've seen better times and worse
    An' Ah've 'ad money in me purse
    And Ah've known what's bin to have me belly empty
    But Ah've allus met a friend
    Who would either give or lend
    And Ah've ne'er refused to help folk when Ah'd plenty

    Nivver look to't upper ten
    If you cannot help yoursen
    Unless you practice bowing low and fawning
    Workin' chaps get my advice
    Stick together like a vice
    And you'll find a breeter day will soon be dawnin'

    As sung by Dave Hillery

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  • [1971:] Formerly a weaver, John Hartley was the most prolific and perhaps the most versatile of all Yorkshire dialect writers and edited the "Original Illuminated Clock Almanack" [for Yorkshire working men], from 1867 until his death in 1915. [...] Happy Sam appeared in the Almanack's 1909 edition. Dave Hillery set the tune to it. (Notes 'TransPennine. Popular song and verse from Lancashire and Yorkshire')

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