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Why Aye Man

This song is by Mark Knopfler and appears on the album The Ragpicker's Dream (2002).

We had no way of staying afloat
We had to leave on a ferryboat
Economic refugees
On the run to Germany
We had the back of Maggie's hand
Times were tough in Geordie-land
We got our tools and working gear
And 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 nomad tribes, travelling boys
In the dust and dirt and the wrecking noise
Drills and hammers, diggers and picks
Mixing concrete, laying bricks
There's English, Irish, Scots, the lot
United Nations what we got
Brickies, chippies, every trade
German building, 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

Nay more work on Maggie's farm
Head away down the autobahn
Mine's a Portakabin bed
Or a bunk in a Nissen hut instead

There's plenty Deutschmarks here to earn
And German tarts are wunderschön
German beer is chemical free
Germany's alright with me
Sometimes I miss my River Tyne
But you're my pretty fraulein
Tonight we'll drink the old town dry
Keep our 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

Sometimes I miss my River Tyne
But you're my pretty fraulein
Tonight we'll drink the old town dry
Keep our spirit levels high

Sometimes I miss my River Tyne
But you're my pretty fraulein
Tonight we'll drink the old town dry
Keep our spirit levels high

Credits

Written by:

Mark Knopfler

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