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    "Dan" Lyrics

    Eric Bogle

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    I'm pleased to meet you, my name's Dan,
    and I'm an honest working man
    A tarnished badge, they tell me,
    but it's one I wear with pride
    A fair day's work for a fair day's pay,
    I've always lived my life that way
    But now I can't help thinking,
    I've been taken for a ride

    Those hard years on the factory floor,
    toilin' in the ceaseless roar,
    that made me old before my time,
    wrecked my hearing and my health
    And when I total up the cost,
    what I've gained to what I've lost
    I ask myself now Dan,
    what's the total of your wealth?
    Just how much is your life worth?

    I live in a house I'll never own,
    could never get a housing loan
    Bank managers and suchlike,
    don't rate the likes of me
    Feeding three kids on a fitter's wage,
    I've always found it hard to save
    And being an honest working man
    don't count as equity

    All those years of toil and sweat,
    climbing in and out of debt
    I often look back on them
    and ask myself for what?
    A rented house on a grimy street
    An endless fight to make ends meet
    When you add it all together,
    it don't seem like a lot
    But it's all that I've got

    But a man's life can't be judged alone
    by what he has or what he owns
    It's what he loves and cares for
    that gives it quality
    And what gives meaning to my life
    are my three kids and my wife
    We've always stuck together,
    always being a family

    Now my kids are rotting on the dole,
    holding out the beggar's bowl
    I see the anger in their eyes,
    it cuts me to the heart
    and shall I simply stand aside
    while my kids are slowly crucified?
    Watch all I've worked and cared for
    as it slowly falls apart
    Well by Christ, I won't do that

    I'm pleased to meet you, my name's Dan,
    and I'm an honest working man
    A tarnished badge, they tell me,
    but it's one I wear with pride
    A fair day's work for a fair day's pay,
    I've always lived my life that way
    But now I can't help thinking,
    I've been taken for a ride

    And though I ain't got much to spare,
    what I have I'm going to share
    To give my kids and other kids,
    some purpose, pride, and place
    And you leeches, grown fat on my sweat,
    I promise you I won't forget
    When I asked you if you'd share the load,
    you laughed right in my face
    Yes, you laughed right in my face

    I'm pleased to meet you, my name's Dan,
    and I'm an honest working man
    This song was submitted on September 13th, 2006 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © O/b/o Apra Amcos.
    Written by Eric Bogle.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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