WORK BOYS WORK AND BE CONTENTED
 
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I'm not a wealthy man, but I've hit upon a plan
That will render me as happy as a King
And if you will allow me I'll tell it to you now
For time you know is always on the wing
Work boys work and be contented
As long as you've enough to buy a meal
The man you may rely, will be wealthy by and bye
If he'll only put his shoulder to the wheel.

Chorus: So Work boys work and be contented
As long as you've enough to buy a meal
The man you may rely, will be wealthy by and bye
If he'll only put his shoulder to the wheel.


Will fretting make you fat? No, there's nothing gained by that
Assist yourselves and fortune will help you
Tears are only vain, if defeated try again
You'll find it all the better if you do.

Chorus: So Work boys work and be contented
As long as you've enough to buy a meal
The man you may rely, will be wealthy by and bye
If he'll only put his shoulder to the wheel.


Discontented people say, all work and little play
Will make a boy a blockhead as a rule
You can answer them and say
'Never work and always play'
Will make them both a blockhead and a fool.

Chorus: So Work boys work and be contented
As long as you've enough to buy a meal
The man you may rely, will be wealthy by and bye
If he'll only put his shoulder to the wheel.


You'll enjoy a quiet crust more by rubbing off the rust
It's a maxim that should never be forgot
Whilst labour leads to wealth
And will keep you in good health
So it's best to be contented with your lot.

Chorus:
 
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Written, composed and performed by Harry Clifton (1832-1872)
 
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