John Henry

John Henry was a working man
In a factory he did toil 
From home he cycled to the workshop gate
Where he worked with slurry and oil

In a bag slung over his shoulder
Was a sandwich box and tea
In a shirt and tie and boiler suit 
A working man was he

National service in the R.A.F.
Football he'd watch and play 
A seaside holiday once a year 
At Sunday church he'd sing and pray

But he was more than just a working man
He was a father and husband too
Beethoven and Bing he liked to hear
Half a mild his favourite brew

He served his time as a working man 
When death took him from his toil 
His sensitive soul was now released 
No more slurry, no more oil 

In a bag slung over his shoulder
Was his sandwich box and tea 
In a shirt and tie and boiler suit 
The working man was free

Written by
Terence John Mills

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