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T:Sick Note, The
T:Bricklayer's Song, The
C:Words by Pat Cooksey
D:The Dubliners
D | G2A B2B | D2E G2B | A2G G2F | G3 z
(AB) | c2c c2c | B2d d2B | A2G A2B | A3 z2
B | c2d e2c | B2c d2B | A2B A2G | E3 z
DE | G2A B2B | D2E G2B | A2G G2F | G3 z2 ||
W:Dear Sir, I write this note to you to tell you of me plight
W:And at the time of writing I am not a pretty sight
W:Me body is all black and blue, me face a deathly gray
W:And I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today
W:While working on the fourteenth floor some bricks I had to clear
W:Now to throw the bricks from such a height was not a good idea
W:The foreman wasn't very pleased, he being an awkward sod
W:He said I'd have to cart them down the ladders in me hod
W:Now clearing all these bricks by hand it was so very slow
W:So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below
W:But in me haste to do the job I was too blind to see
W:That a barrel full of building bricks was heavier than me
W:So when I untied the rope the barrel fell like lead
W:And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead
W:I shot up like a rocket 'til to my dismay I found
W:That halfway up I met the bloody barrel coming down
W:Well, the barrel broke me shoulder as to the ground it sped
W:And when I reached the top I banged the pulley with me head
W:I clung on tight though numb with shock from this almighty blow
W:And the barrel spilled out half the bricks fourteen floors below
W:Now, when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor
W:I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more
W:Still clinging tightly to the rope I sped towards the ground
W:And I landed on the broken bricks that were all scattered round
W:Well, I lay there groaning on the ground I thought I'd passed the worst
W:When the barrel hit the pulley wheel and then the bottom burst
W:A shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope
W:As I lay there moaning on the ground, I let go the bloody rope
W:The barrel then being heavier it started down once more
W:And landed right across me as I lay upon the floor
W:It broke three ribs and my left arm and I can only say
W:That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today

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