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Between The Wars
by Billy Bragg

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
And they brought prosperity down at the armory
We're arming for peace, me boys
Between the wars

I kept the faith and I kept voting
Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand
For theirs is a land with a wall around it
And mine is a faith in my fellow man
Theirs is a land of hope and glory
Mine is the green field and the factory floor
Theirs are the skies all dark with bombers
And mine is the peace we know
Between the wars

Call up the craftsmen
Bring me the draftsmen
Build me a path from cradle to grave
And I'll give my consent
To any government
That does not deny a man a living wage

Go find the young men never to fight again
Bring up the banners from the days gone by
Sweet moderation
Heart of this nation
Desert us not, we are
Between the wars

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Written by: BILLY BRAGG

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Planet of the grapes

This should be the national anthem.

Travels in Chinese

It is for me.

James Whittaker

LOL!

Barney Pitt

Or Blake's Jerusalem ... curiously, Bragg's version of Jerusalem is the best version I know.

Trent Bosun

of every country

DavidAKZ

+Rob Faz arming for peace https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn

Oliver hallsworth baines

The decimation of the British working class brought me here.

Andy Wood

Karl Wilkie I’ve met Billy Bragg he doesn’t touch champagne, lives in a smallish Devon cottage actually. And he still plays shows for free for good causes. Latest release Bridges Not Walls shows he’s lost none of his visceral activism.

Andy Wood

Chris Mooney Try Grimethorpe 1994, worse than anytime since the 1930’s

Ralph Jackson

I would argue that the working class,if I must call them that,have more material goods than those times in the 80s and before,which would look spartan without our modern comforts and technology,but on the other hand they've seen many of the basic securities they had in the 3-and-a-half to 4 decades following the Second World War stripped away. As for the right to buy your council house,it was a good thing but what was not so good was the failure or refusal to replenish the council housing stock. That meant that acceptable housing became scarce and far more expensive as the late 80s property boom (in which I was a willing participant) was turbocharged. Mrs Thatcher envisaged the British people becoming a property-owning,shareholding democracy as punters who weren't necessarily well-to-do City Gents were offered a chance to buy shares in things such as the newly privatised utilities if they wanted to,which for all its contentiousness was at least a door into the world of investing. Of course unemployment levels that remained stubbornly high,especially in the industrially-devastated regions outside of London and the more prosperous parts of the south,and job insecurity meant not many could accrue the spare cash to gain entry to that world in practice and the greedies who just wanted to milk the system for whatever they could soon reasserted their cornering of all the assets,predictably perhaps. In the early 90s recession people up and down the country saw their fledgling businesses go up in smoke,especially in the crisis year of 1992 with the ERM fiasco leading to Black Wednesday,and in many cases their homes or at least their newly-won place on the property ladder,and surprise surprise nearly all of those share portfolios soon found their way back into the hands of the toffs,the corporates and the financial institutions,who also bought up swathes of properties which kept the prices and the affordability threshold too high for many people to buy in without substantial financial backing at their disposal or behind them. Things only recovered partially in the last few years of the 90s and through the Blair years and then the 2008 crash with all its financial Wild West underpinnings put a stop to all that.

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