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WHY AYE MAN Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler We had no way, o’ stayin’ afloat We had to leave on a ferry boat Economic refugees On the run to Germany We had the back o’ Maggie’s hand Times were tough in Geordieland We got wor tools an’ workin’ gear An’ humped it all from Newcastle to here Why aye man, why aye, why aye man, why aye man, why aye, why aye man Why aye man, why aye, why aye man, why aye man, why aye, why aye man We’re the nomad tribes, travellin’ boys Why aye, why aye man In the dust an’ dirt an’ the racket and noise Why aye, why aye man Drills an’ hammers, diggers an’ picks Why aye, why aye man Mixin’ concrete, layin’ bricks Why aye, why aye man There’s English, Irish, Scots the lot United Nations, what we’ve got Briickies, chippies, every trade German buildin’, British made Why aye man, why aye, why aye man, why aye man, why aye, why aye man, Why aye man, why aye, why aye man, why aye man, why aye, why aye man Nee more work on Maggie’s farm Hadaway down the autobahn Mine’s a Portakabin bed Or a bunk in a Nissen hut instead There’s plenty Deutschmarks here to earn Why aye, why aye man And German tarts are wunderschön Why aye, why aye man German beer is chemical free Why aye, why aye man Germany’s alreet with me Why aye, why aye man Sometimes I miss my river Tyne But you’re, my, pretty fräulein Tonight we’ll drink the old town dry Keep wor spirit levels high Why aye man, why aye, why aye man, why aye man, why aye, why aye man, Why aye man, why aye, why aye man, why aye man, why aye, why aye man (Transcribed by Michael Makepeace - November 2016)

    


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