The Workhouse Boy - Grendels Bane. (with lyrics)




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Published on Nov 16, 2013

Grendels Bane sing The Workhouse Boy, a true story of Jamie, who disappears from the workhouse around Christmas time. His remains are eventually found in the bottom of the soup pan having been murdered by the Workhouse Overseers!
The cloth was laid in the workhouse halls,
The greatcoats hung on the whitewashed walls;
The paupers all they were blythe and gay,
Keeping their Christmas holiday.

Chorus: And then all of us say it and we say it with sneers: Jamie's been murdered by the overseers.

When the master he said with a murderous leer:
"You'll all get fat on your Christmas cheer."
And each by his looks well he seemed to say:
"I'll have more soup on this Christmas day."


At length all of us to bed were sent;
A boy was missing and in search we went.
We sought him high and we sought him low,
We sought him with faces of grief and woe.

Chorus - Instrumental - Chorus

Well we sought him that hour and we sought him that night,
We sought him in fear and we sought him in fright.
When I heard a young pauper well these words he did cry:
"We'll all have to starve till we find that boy."


At length the soup copper repairs did need;
The coppersmith came and there he seed:
A pile of bones lay a-sizzling there
And the leg of the breeches that the boy did wear.

Chorus (x 2) :


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