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Matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs  

 

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1. He painted Salford's smokey tops

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    on cardboard boxes from the shops

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    and parts of Ancoats where I used to play.

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    I'm sure he once walked down our street

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    ‘cause he painted kids who had nowt on their feet,

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    the clothes we wore had all seen better days.

 

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2. Now, they said his works of art were dull,

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    no room, all round the walls are full

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    but Lowry didn't care much anyway.

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    They said he just paints cats and dogs,

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    and matchstalk men in boots and clogs,

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    and Lowry said that's just the way they'll stay.

 

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And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs,

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he painted kids on the corner of the street with the sparking clogs.

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Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates,

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to paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.

 

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3. Now, canvas and brushes were wearing thin

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    when London started calling him

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    to come on down and wear the old flat cap.

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    They said, tell us all about your ways

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    and all about them Salford days,

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    is it true you're just an ordinary chap ?

 

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4. Now Lowries hang upon the wall

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    beside the greatest of them all

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    and even the Mona Lisa takes a bow.

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    This tired old man with hair like snow

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    told northern folk its time to go,

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    the fever came and the good Lord mopped his brow.

 

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And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs,

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he left us kids on the corner of the street with sparking clogs.

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Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates,

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to paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.

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