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Treadmill Song (or Gaol Song)‎

Ewan MacColl
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‎[fine 800?]‎
Una canzone raccolta intorno al 1906 nel Dorset.‎
Incisa da Ewan MacColl con Peggy Seeger (e dopo di loro da altri artisti, in ‎‎differenti versioni) nel disco del 1957 ‎intitolato “Bad Lads And Hard Cases - British ballads of crime and criminals”.‎

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Prigionieri, con l’animo piegato dalla monotonia e dalla durezza del lavoro, dall’alba al tramonto, ‎ed il corpo segnato dal cibo scarso e schifoso… Una delle non frequenti canzoni popolari inglesi sul ‎tema del carcere, quasi sicuramente composta da chi l’esperienza l’aveva vissuta sulla sua pelle…‎

‎“Step in, young man, I know your face,
It's nothing in your favour.
A little time I'll give to you:
Six months unto hard labour.”‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

At six o'clock our turnkey comes in,
With a bunch of keys all in his hand.
‎“Come, come, my lads, step up and grind.
Tread the wheel till breakfast time.”‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

At eight o'clock our skilly comes in,
Sometimes thick and sometimes thin,
But devil a word we must not say
Or it's bread and water all next day.‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

At half past eight the bell doth ring.
Into the chapel we must swing,
Down on our bended knees to fall.
The Lord have mercy on us all.‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

At nine o'clock the jangle rings.
All on the trap, boys, we must spring.
‎“Come, come, my lads, step up in time,
The wheel to tread and the corn to grind.”‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

Now Saturday's come, I'm sorry to say,
Sunday is our starvation day.
Our hobnail boots and tin mugs too,
They are not shined nor they will not do.‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

Now six long months are over and past,
And I will return to my bonny, bonny lass.
I'll leave them turnkeys all behind,
The wheel to tread and the corn to grind.‎

To me Hip! fol the day, Hip! fol the day,
To me Hip! fol the day, fol the digee, oh!‎

inviata da Bernart - 25/7/2013 - 16:18


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