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Roy Bailey - Song of The Leaders

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Published on Sep 28, 2012

Roy Bailey - Past Masters (1974-87)

The men of Kent have met today to put oppression down
And joined with Essex's valiant sons to march on London Town
With Surrey and with Middlesex, with Suffolk, Norfolk too
And gallant lads from Hertfordshire to see the struggle through

With Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

From miles around unto Blackheath, the people made their way
And John the priest of Colchester these words to them did say,
"When Adam toiled to win his bread and Mother Eve she spun
All folk were equal, one and all, and masters there were none"

Say Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

On Corpus Christi in the morn' we gathered on Bankside
Then boldly entered London Town, the gates were opened wide
Oh John of Gaunt the traitor, we burnt his palace down
Threw all his treasure in the flood, yet never took one crown

For Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

Then to the temple off we went, to flush the lawyers out
We burnt their charters and their books and put them to a rout
They all went scuttling for their lives, squeaking out with fright
Like imps of hell or sewer rats, it was a wondrous sight

To Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

Upon the fourteenth day of June the King rode to Mile End
And he spoke softly to us all, "I am the poor man's friend
Your wrongs shall all be righted, all bondsmen be made free"
Oh curse the day we trusted him, for he lied wickedly

To Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

At Smithfield next we met the King, the nobles gathered round
The Lord Mayor struck a killing blow, Wat Tyler struck the ground
Our masters bared their teeth and smiled, to see our hero slain
"You have been slaves since you were born, and slaves you'll now remain"

Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

The men of England long ago rose to demand their rights
Though they've been dead six hundred years remember them tonight
They raised the flag of liberty, they fought the battle well
They died but others will arise to ring the freedom bell

Like Ball and Tyler, Wraw and Lister, Grindcobbe and Jack Straw

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