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Poverty Knock Lyrics

"Poverty Knock" was written by Traditional,..
"Poverty Knock" was written by Traditional,..

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'Poverty poverty knock,' my loom is a saying all day
Poverty poverty knock, gaffer's too skinny to pay
Poverty poverty knock, keeping one eye on the clock
I know I can guttle when I hear my shuttle go, 'poverty poverty knock'
Up every morning at five, a wonder that we keep alive
Tired and yawning on a cold morning
It's back to the dreary old drive.
(Repeat chorus)
Oh dear we're gonna late
Gaffer is stood at the gate
We'll be out o pocket, our wages he'll dockit
We'll have to buy grub on the slate
(Repeat chorus)
And when our wages they'll bring, we're often short of a string
While we are fighting with gaffer for snatching (?)
We know to his breast he will cling
(Repeat chorus)
Sometimes a shuttle flies out
and gives some poor woman a clout
There she lies bleeding but nobody's heeding
Oh who's going to carry her out?
(Repeat chorus)
Oh dear, my poor head it sings
I should have woven three strings
My threads are breaking and my back is aching
Oh dear, I wish I had wings
Poverty poverty knock
Poverty poverty knock
Poverty poverty knock


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