Between the wars, I kept the faith

This is the type of faith I have.

Billy Bragg Flag

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

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Billy Bragg – Between the Wars

I’m secretly hoping that someone on our lineup covers this song. I guess the secret is out now, but I’m not going to email my request to them, or whatever.

lyrics below the fold

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 armoury

“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 knew

Between the wars

Call up the craftsmen

Bring me the draughtsmen

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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  • wilsim

    I like this. Ty for the video and lyrics, I appreciate it.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Billy Bragg is an inspired songwriter.

  • carolw

    Yes! Billy Bragg is one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, and this song is one of my faves, too.

  • beerslayer

    What a powerful song! I’d never heard of this guy before, but thank you for introducing me to him!

    Sweet moderation, indeed. Do politicians these days even know what a “moderate” is, outside of being a word in old dictionaries?


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