Harold’s Best Men (Alistair Hulett)

“Harold’s Best Men” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Harolds Best Men” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Performer: Alistair Hulett.
Lyrics: Alistair Hulett.
Tune: Alistair Hulett.


Wor work is taken from us now; they’ve closed the pit doon;
There’s eighty-five per cent unemployed in this toon;
On days filled wi’ sorrow that strang beer cannae droon,
A fiver will buy ye a bag o’ the broon.

We were Harold’s “best men” when the pulley wheels ran;
Noo, Johnny Miner is Johnny “the man.”

An ill wind blaws doon Cutters Lane that brings naebody good;
It reeks of paregoric, and it stains the walls wi’ blood;
There’s needles in the gutter across the neighborhood;
We’re told oor weans are turnin’ oot nae better than they should.

We were Harold’s “best men” when the pulley wheels ran;
Noo, Johnny Miner is Johnny “the man.”

When the dogs of war were barkin’ for mair squaddies’ blood tae run,
They took oor picks and shovels; they gi’ed us tommy guns;
Marched us tae the trenches; lined us up against the Hun;
The frightened sons of mothers slaughtered other mothers’ sons.

We were Harold’s “best men” when the pulley wheels ran;
Noo, Johnny Miner is Johnny “the man.”

And Mother Nature’s cupboard’s bare; there’s too many mouths tae feed—
That’s what the king o’ the stockpile says when he pisses on the ones in need.
There’s always cash for palaces; there’s always cash for war;
None for the land of hope that we fought for.

The supermarket’s empty now; the stairwell’s filled wi’ bricks;
The banks have moved away, and there’s nothin’ at the flicks;
Accordin’ tae the papers, we’re vandals in the sticks
’Cause Johnny’s lost his job noo he steals tae buy a fix.

When the pulley wheels ran, we were Harold’s “best men”;
Noo, it’s a’ turned tae rust, but we’ll not be fooled again.

When the pulley wheels ran, we were Harold’s “best men”;
Noo, it’s a’ turned tae rust, but we’ll not be fooled again.


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