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Chumbawamba

"General Ludd's Triumph" (karaoke)

"General Ludd's Triumph" (sheet music)


No more chant your old rhymes about old Robin Hood.

His feats I do little admire.

I'll sing the achievements of General Ludd,

Now the hero of Nottinghamshire.

Brave Ludd was to measures of vi'lence unused

Till his suff'rings became so severe

That at last to defend his own int'rests

He roused and for the great fight did prepare.

 

The guilty may fear but no vengeance

He aims at the honest man's life or estate.

His wrath is entirely confined to wide frames

And to those who hold prices abate.

Those engines of mischief were sentenced to die

By unanimous vote of the trade.

And Ludd who can all opposition defy

Was the grand executioner made.

 

And when in the work he destruction employs

Himself to no methods confines.

By fire and by water, he gets them destroyed

For the elements aid his designs.

Whether guarded by soldiers along the highway

Or closely secured in a room,

He shivers them up by night and by day

And nothing can soften their doom.

 

He may censure Great Ludd's disrespect for the law

Who ne'er for a moment reflects

That foul imposition alone

Was the cause which produced these unhappy effects.

Let the haughty the humble no longer oppress

Then shall Ludd sheath his conquering sword.

His grievances instantly meet with redress

Then peace shall be quickly restored.

 

Let the wise and the great lend their aid and advice

Nor e'er their assistance withdraw

Till full-fashioned work at the old-fashioned price

Is established by custom and law.

Then the trade when this arduous contest is o'er

Shall raise in full splendor its head.

And colting and cutting and squaring

No more shall deprive honest workmen of bread.


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