1. Western Man

From the recording On a wire


Just an old working man Memories like grains of sand Slowly slipping through his hand But he still remembers the union stands

A new job like a cheap thrill Better than working at the factory mill Moving concrete and old steel To pay the loan and doctors bill

Oh it sent shock waves, all around From the sky, it came falling down And over the years, you can understand But you don’t feel pain, like a Western man

Rising sun through the morning fog Shone on the workers at the crack of dawn All the men that time forgot 50 metres at the chilly top

Stand up with more work to do As the day turns to the afternoon Hammers echoed all around And came down in a funeral shroud