Gordon Lightfoot - Boss Man

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Boss Man

Boss man, boss man, what do you say?
Gotta get you alone in the mine some day.
Boss man, boss man, turn it around,
If you don't look away, how can I sit down?
 
Look at this load upon my back.
Gotta get this wheel back on the track.
I can't hold on but I can't let go,
And I can't say "yes," I can't say "no."
 
Holes in my pockets, holes in my shoes,
If you're ready for me, I'm a-ready for you.
The company plan takes all my pay.
Got a child in July and another last May.
 
Boss man, boss man, what do you say?
Gotta get you alone in the mine some day.
Push your face down in the coal
'Cause you got no heart, you got no soul.
 
Country life's the life for me.
In ten more years I'll a pensioner be.
A younger lad knows when the girls are out.
You might say he's a rural sprout.
 
Boss man, boss man, what do you say?
Gotta get you alone in the mine some day.
Boss man, boss man, clear the track.
You're gonna tear the skin right off o' my back!
 
Boss man, boss man, what do you say?
If you can't lend a hand then get out o' my way.
It'll be murder in the first degree
If you ever lay your hands on me.
 
Boss man, boss man, pay my rent
'Cause the dollar I've earned is the dollar I've spent.
The company plan takes all my cheque
From a-breakin' my back and a-riskin' my neck.
 
Boss man, boss man, what do you say?
Gotta get you alone in the mine some day.
I can't hold on but I can't let go,
And I can't say "yes," I can't say "no."
 
Grampa Wild WillyGrampa Wild Willy দ্বারা বৃহস্পতি, 23/04/2015 - 13:54 তারিখ সাবমিটার করা হয়
সাবমিটার এর মন্তব্য:

I'll say it over and over. Gordon Lightfoot is a national treasure in Canada. It is impossible to be a bigger star than he is. And that's been true for 50 or so years. He's pretty much on the same level as Maurice Richard.
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I created this transcription myself. After listening to the song a few times, I referred to the booklet with the lyrics that came with the CD. There isn't a lot that differs, nothing significant, anyway.
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The CD is from a German label named Bear Family Records, BCD 15699. Near as I can tell, the CD was released in 1992. It consists of both of Lightfoot's third and fourth albums, "Did She Mention My Name" and "Back Here on Earth," the former released in early 1968, the latter later that same year, both of which vinyl records I still own, although I have no idea if they are even playable any more. This song is from the former album.
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Here's a link to Gord's biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Lightfoot and another to an article about the album http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did_She_Mention_My_Name.
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This is the only video I found on YouTube of the original studio recording. Unfortunately, it's longer than it should be. The song ends at about 2:10 and there's over 2 more minutes of nothing tacked on the end. I may upload a proper version of the song some day but don't hold your breath.
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Here's a couple of background articles on the idea of the "company plan" mentioned in the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coal_miners http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_store
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Here's another song, even more famous, dealing with the same issues.

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