Billy Bragg – Between the Wars – Meaningful Lyrics.

I recommend you follow Opher’s blog. Some great stuff. I’m a big Billy Bragg fan, and often frequent the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury to see him play. These are touching, empowering lyrics right from the heart.

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Billy Bragg was full of zest and political fire when he burst on to the scene in all his raw Punk fury. This song was a real indictment of the British stand on the Falklands, its attitude to war and the posturing of Margaret Thatcher. It captured the mood and got into the top ten. That doesn’t happen often with songs like this. It was a song about the working men of Britain who are the first to be sacrificed in times of war and how armament is used in times of recession.

Between the Wars

I was a miner
I was a docker
I was a railway man
Between the wars
I raised a family
In times of austerity
With sweat at the foundry
Between the wars

I paid the union and as times got harder
I looked to the government to help the working man

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