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Poetry Corner: Day-Job’s Over

Ness of Brodgar

Ness of Brodgar ( F Grahame)

By Bernie Bell

This is a re-working of ‘School Days Over’ by The Dubliners, and a tribute to all those folk who come here for the digging season and work voluntarily – where would Orkney archaeology be without them?
I might even bellow this at the Royal music night on Friday.  I might……..


“Day-job’s over, come on now John
Time to be getting your diggin’ boots on
On with your knee-pads and your full water-proofs
It’s time you were on your way
Time to be learning the digger’s job
And working – though you don’t get paid!

Come on then, Jo, it’s time to go
Time you were working down below
Time to be handling a trowel and bucket
You start at the dig today
Time you were learning the digger’s job
And working – though you don’t get paid

 Come on then, Jim, the day is bright
Time you were in your place on site
The morning mist is lifting from Stenness
It’s time you were on your way
Time you were learning the digger’s job
And working – though you don’t get paid!”

 

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2 replies »

  1. Oooops. I’m familiar with it as sung by The Dubliners – probably as I’m from an Irish family!
    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
    Thanks for putting me right, Wayne.

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