The Yorkshire Picket Song (Aug 1984)

THE YORKSHIRE PICKET SONG

Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
‘Appen some of you ‘ave seen me on TV
Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
Do you all believe exactly what you see?
Do you see a Load of hooligans?
A ruthless, mindless mob?
A band of villains, out to break the law?
Or do you see a union, just out to save the jobs
Of the men they think its worth the sufferin’ for?

Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket,
And ah do mi job for just a quid a day
Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
So you see, its not exactly for the pay.
But when we’re chased by cavalry
And t' coppers use th’ sticks
And we are driven, bleedin’, from the fray
We realise what grandad knew in 1926
And it makes us more determined we will stay.

Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
We confront our friendly bobbies every day
Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
What we do for love, they’re doing for th’ pay
But when we’re standin’ side by side
And singin’ "Here we go"
Or "Arthur, we’ll support you evermore"
That feeling of true brotherhood is one they’ll never know
Those overpaid, blue BASTions of the law.

Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
And ah tell me main about the things we do.
Ah’m a picket
A Yorkshire picket
Well, perhaps ah might forget a thing or two
‘Cause, God bless her heart, she still believes
That we are living in
A State that still observes the rule of law
She doesn’t realise the world she knew is caving in
They’ve made new rules for 1984.

August 1984

When the media were showing us as sub-human morons, I wanted to say something for my ‘youngest’ who was a regular ‘flying picket’.