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BRICKLAYER'S SONG, THE (aka THE SICK NOTE) (Pat Cooksey) Noel Murphy - 1987 Ray Stevens - 1993 Also recorded by: The Corries; The Dubliners; Brier; John McDermott; Clancy Brothers. As recorded by RAY STEVENS: Dear Sir, I write this note to you to tell you of me plight For at the time of writing, I am not a pretty sight Me body is all black and blue, me face a deathly grey And I write this note to tell you why I'm not at work today While working on the fourteenth floor, some bricks I had to clear But to toss them down from such a height, was not a good idea The foreman wasn't very pleased, he is an awkward sod He said I'd have to cart them down the ladders in me hod Now, shifting all those bricks by hand, it was so very slow So, I hoisted up a barrel and secured a rope below But, in me haste to do the job, I was too blind to see That a barrel full of building bricks is heavier than me And so, when I untied the rope, the barrel fell like lead And clinging tightly to the rope, I started up instead I shot up like a rocket, till to my dismay I found That halfway up I met the bloody barrel coming down Now, the barrel broke me shoulder as to the ground it sped And when I reached the top, I banged the pulley with me head I clung on tightly, numb with shock, from this almighty blow And the barrel spilled out half the bricks, fourteen floors below Now, when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more Still clinging tightly to the rope, me body wracked with pain Halfway down, I met the bloody barrel once again Now, the force of this collision, halfway down the office block Caused multiple contusions and a nasty state of shock Still clinging tightly to the rope I fell toward the ground And landed on the broken bricks the barrel had scattered round Well, I lay there groaning on the ground, I thought I'd passed the worst But the barrel hit the pulley wheel and then the bottom burst A shower of bricks rained down on me, I didn't have a hope For, as I lay there bleeding, I let go the bloody rope The barrel being unsecured, then started down once more And it landed right across me as I lay there on the floor It broke three ribs and my left arm, and I can only say That I hope you'll understand why Murphy's not at work today (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2018)


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