Be Prepared to Travel

Be Prepared to Travel

©2015 Michael Eustace / 5050songs Inc (ASCAP)
Release Date: Mar 27, 2015
Produced by Demo My Song®
Lead Vocal: Kevin

Lyrics

I left my wife and only son with one thing in my head
to find a job in England so I could keep them fed.
Questioned at the job-centre, man nearly broke me heart,
I pleaded with impatience, ” Sir, I just want a start!”
“Are you prepared to travel so?” I nearly grabbed his throat!!
“What do you think yourself?” says I “I’ve just got off the boat!”
When a man ups sticks to find a job, in a land he doesn’t know,
forced to leave his wife and child how far does he have to go?
and be prepared to travel?

After decades working building sites to Ireland I returned
My son he hardly knew me and my bridges were all burned,
my back was gone from lifting blocks but still I nearly laughed
when Ireland’s boom time finally came, I wasn’t fit to graft.
While the Celtic Tiger economy meant there were jobs galore
for every desperate emigrant who came to Ireland’s shore.

When a man ups sticks to find a job, in a land he doesn’t know,
forced to leave his wife and child how far does he have to go
and be prepared to travel?

The working man is victim of some things he doesn’t know,
like market trends and interest rates, why good times come and go.
In glass and concrete office blocks others pull financial strings
in the interest of good commerce they manipulate such things.
Corporations, governments, by greedy bankers backed
move factories around the world because they know the fact

When a man ups sticks to find a job, in a land he doesn’t know,
forced to leave his wife and child just how far he’ll go.
and be prepared to travel?

Now the Celtic Tiger’s handlers have him in a foreign place
and shady men in bankers’ suits put Ireland to disgrace.
My son works in Australia now with one thing in his head
to pay his hefty mortgage here and keep his family fed.
So his wife can raise their only son to have a better start
I could tell them things won’t change. but I don’t have the heart

When a man ups sticks to find a job, in a land he doesn’t know,
forced to leave his wife and child just how far he’ll go
and be prepared to travel?
and be prepared to travel?

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