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Villains' Chorus

  • (Peggy Seeger)

            I think our police are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
            So join us in the chorus
            We don't have to pay 'em to stay away
            The government does it for us

    Shall we go down to Barclay's Bank, the Midland or Nat West
    Got no need to make any plans or decide which one is best
    Plenty of time to hold 'em up and scarper to Argentina
    No longer are the law around since the women went to Greenham

    You can stand on the corner any day without a fear or worry
    And advertise your merchandise that fell out of a lorry
    The boys in blue won't bother you, they're all down in Brixton
    Taking up all the black boys there and taking 'em in to fix 'em

    Pickpockets, hit men, gangsters, these biederman racketeers
    Forgers, murderers, hooligans, thugs for Thatcher give a cheer
    No coppers creeping round our paths to spoil our concentration
    They're bashing 'em in Trafalgar Square at a nuclear demonstration

    He got away in the get-away car after he made the haul
    But driving up the motorway they got him after all
    They flagged him down and searched his car and him and his attire
    They thought he was a miner going to picket in Nottinghamshire
    I'm going to leave the underworld and join the constabulary
    There's lots of lads, plenty of kicks and the perks are extraordinary
    My mates have been in the Force for years so I'll be with my friends
    Who're like the long arm of the law with its boot at the other end

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1989:] The miners' strike [of 1984/85] lasted 358 days, and [...] cost fourteen deaths (one of them officially a murder), nearly 10,000 arrests, thousands of injuries to both miners and police, and over £7 billion of taxpayers' money. It was a dispute about pit closures and the future of mining communities that was seen by much of the media and the public in more simple terms, as a show of strength between a hard-line left-winger, Arthur Scargill, the miners' leader, and an apostle of market forces, Margaret Thatcher. The media, for the most part, reflected public opinion in their hostility towards the miners, particularly as the bitterness and violence grew. (Denselow, Music 212)

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