Liricí AmhránSong Lyrics

The Moving On Song

Written by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger

As recorded by Ewan MacColl on Black and White - The Definite Collection

Born in the middle of the afternoon
In a horse-drawn wagon on the old A5
The big twelve wheeler shook my bed
"You can't stop here," the p'liceman said
"You better get born in someplace else
So move along, get along,
Move along, get along,
Go!  Move!  Shift!"
Born in the tatie liftin' time
In an old bow tent near a tatie field
The farmer said, "The work's all done
It's time that you was movin' on"
Born on a common near a buildin' site
Where the ground is rutted with the trailer's wheels
The local people said to me,
"You'll lower the price of property"
Born at the back of a blackthorn hedge
When the white hoarfrost lay all around
No eastern kings came bearing gifts
Instead, the order came to shift
The winter sky was hung with stars
And one shone brighter than the rest
The wise men came so stern and strict
And brought the order to evict
Wagon, tent, or trailer born
Last year, last month, or in far off days
Born here or a thousand miles away
There's always men nearby who say