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Celia WOODSMITH

DELLA MAE

Boston Town

C. Woodsmith

 

Standing on the floor

In the “City of the Spindles”

Got me a job, lift me up to the middle

 

The Offering painted a very pretty picture

that the work at the mills

held the promise of the Scripture

 

But a girl like me

was worked to the bone,

your fingers bled and your body moaned

 

14 hours a day and then

my paycheck was

half that of the men

 

Looking down with oppressions face

the pile of money

they steal and waste

 

Then they said they'd have to

cut our pay

so we broke our cage

and formed the FLRA

 

'They said what a

waste of a pretty girl

to let the labor flag unfurl

 

I say more can you take from me?

I own my hands and my dignity

 

So pass me the match and we'll strike it on the ground

and we'll head back down to Boston town

We could start a fire and they'll never put it out,

We'll head back down to Boston town

 

 

They said what a

waste of a pretty girl

to let the labor flag unfurl

 

I said more can you take from me?

I own my hands and my dignity

 

So, pass me the match and we'll strike it on the ground

and we'll head back down to Boston town

We could start a fire and they'll never put it out,

We'll head back down to Boston town

So pass me the match and we'll strike it on the ground

and we'll head back down to Boston town

We could start a fire and they'll never put it out,

We'll head back down to Boston Town

 

Can't Go Back

C. Woodsmith, C. Hartman

 

In the house with all the paintings on the walls

you will find that you are pacing down the hall

and when the winter comes you'll see where I've been

Oh, if you never go you can't go back again

 

I have given up and I have gone to bed

When the sunset fills the sky with gold and red

I've held on to money I know I should spend

Oh, if you never go you can't go back again

 

If you never go, If you never go

 

Are you waiting for the words to come out right?

But when you move your lips they're silent as the night

Write a letter that you will never send

If you never go you can't go back again

 

If you never go, If you never go

 

I would write the book a million more times

I would live my life to read between the lines

But words are just a mark made by a pen

If you never go you can't go back again

 

If you never go, If you never go

 

Time won't ever wait for you

you know it won't you know it won't

Time, she is always true

if you never go X

 

If you never go, if you never go

 

Shambles

C. Woodsmith, C. Hartman

 

I left through the door

like you left on the light

When you figure it out

it won't happen twice

 

My feeling on fate

is that I call the shots,

when it all goes to hell

I just connect the dots

 

Why do you say you're sorry baby

when I'm finally up and gone

I'll leave it to you to make sense of the shambles

that you made of yourself

while I carried on

 

Sometimes when I pour myself

too much to drink

It's like novicane

on the place where I think

 

And the devils I'm fighting

don't seem to mind

when they get knocked down

they just get back in line

 

CHORUS

 

Do you think for a moment

that I'd be your fool

that I'd let you down easy

give in to your rules

 

you play the joker

and thought I was blind

but its too late now to apologize

 

Why do you say you're sorry baby

when I'm finally up and gone

I'll leave it to you to make sense of the shambles

that you made of yourself

while I carried on

 

High Away and Gone

C. Woodsmith, C. Hartman

 

Going up on the mountain say

High away from the valley

Going up on the mountain Say

High away and gone X2

 

If you keep on digging the land

High away from the valley

Blow off a top and turn it to sand

High away gone

Massey's there to dole the draw

High away from the valley

But they'll give you a little then take the haul

High away and gone

 

CHORUS

 

Well my brother what will you do

High away from the valley

When the land you love is blackened through

High away and gone

When the song you sang breaks your back

High away from the valley

When the lungs you breathe with turn to black

High away gone

 

CHORUS X2

 

Oh my sister what will you say

High away from the valley

When coal won't buy your bread today

High away and gone

When the man you love is in the mine

High away from the valley

When black maria says its time

 

Going up on the mountain say

High away from the valley

I'm going up on the mountain say

High away and gone X2