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Sea Green Singers - Moving On - score and lyrics - To see an enlarged image, suitable for printing on A4 paper click on the image

 

Moving on - Ewan MacColl
with modified words for v. 2

1. Born in the middle of the afternoon
In a horse drawn carriage on the old A5
The big twelve wheeler shook my bed
"You can't stop here" the policeman said

Chorus
Move along, get along,
move along get along
Go. Move. Shift

2. Born on a common near a building site,
Where the ground is rutted with tractors' wheels.
The local peoples said to me
You'll lower the price of property
You'd better get born in some place else

3. Born in a country full of war and fear,
You flee to Britain, where you think it's safe
The politicians say to me, not wanted here as a refugee
we're sending you back from whee you came

4. Living in Dungavel or in Yarlswood,
Children imprisoned in detention camps
They come for you at the crack of dawn
And herd you onto a waiting plane,
The government says 'No asylum here'.

 

MOVING ON SONG -
Original words by Ewan MacColl
(Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger)

Born in the middle of an afternoon
In a horse-drawn wagon on the old A5
The big twelve wheeler shook my bed
You can't stop here the policeman said
You better get born someplace else

Chorus
So move along, get along,
move along, get along,
Go, move, shift

Born in the tatie lifting time
In an old bow tent in a tatie field
The farmer said, The work's all done
It's time that you were moving on

Born in a wagon on a building site
Where the ground was rutted by the trailer's wheels
The local people said to me,
You'll lower the price of property

Born at the back of a blackthorn hedge
When the white hoarfrost lay all around
No wise men came bearing gifts
Instead the order came to shift

The winter sky was hung with stars
And one shone brighter than the rest
The wise men came so stern and strict
And brought the order to evict
Wagon, tent, or trailer born

Last week, last year, or in far off days
Born here or a thousand miles away
There's always men nearby who'll say
 

Alternative Words

Born at potato picking time
In a noble tent in a tatie field
The farmer said, "The work's all done
It's time that you was moving on"

The eastern sky was full of stars
And one shone brighter than the rest
The wise men came so stern and strict
And brought the orders to evict

Born at potato picking time
In a noble tent in a tatie field
The farmer said, "The work's all done
It's time that you was moving on"

Wagon, tent or trailer born
Last month, last year or in far off days
Born here or a thousand miles away
There‚s always men nearby who'll say

Born at potato picking time
In a noble tent in a tatie field
The farmer said, "The work's all done
It's time that you was moving on"

Six in the morning out in Inchicore
The guards came through the wagon door
John Maughan was arrested in the cold
A travelling boy just ten years old

Born at potato picking time
In a noble tent in a tatie field
The farmer said, "The work's all done
It's time that you was moving on"

Mary Joyce was living at the side of the road
No halting place and no fixed abode
The vigilantes came to the Darndale site
And they shot her son in the middle of the night