Performed by Billy Bennett
(Almost a Gentleman)
up for the working man,
Has always been my plan,
So I'm here to say a few words for,
The poor hard-working man,
Tho' he may be a 'Nincompoop',
A ''Ninny'' and a 'Can'.
I'm here to say a few words for,
The poor hard-working man.
When times are very bad
And there's no work to be had
And loafers cannot earn their daily bread,
Who battles with the strife
To earn money for his wife,
And spends it on himself... instead ?
When she's fed up with her lot,
Says she wishes she was shot,
Who shivers... when he hears her awful plan
Takes the pistol from the shelf
||And says, "Go on then, shoot yerself!
Why... the poor-hard-working man!
A knock comes at the door,
The Insurance man-once more
Has come to ask him to insure his life!
Who is it says, "Not me! I'm not worth it, don't you see,
But put another shilling on my wife!"
And when she starts a fight
With a friend on Saturday night
Who holds her bonnet and helps her all he can?
Who is it holds her back while she gets another whack?
Why... the poor hard-workimg man
He stands outside the Blacksmith's shop
And hears the bellows roar;
He stands outside and watches it with pride.
He sees him swing the heavy sledge,
The sweat roll off his brow
He sees it all, that's why he stands outside
Someday a job he'll get,
But he hasn't got it yet,
So fall out with his Boss, he never can,
Who gets up snow or rain...
And goes back to bed again?
Why... the poor hard-working man.