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Ordinary Man  Christy Moore



 

 

[Am]I'm an ordinary man, nothing special nothing grand
I've had[F] to work for everything I o[G]wn [Am]
[Am]I never asked for a lot, I was happy with what I'd got
En[F]ough to keep my family and my home [G] [Am]
[C]Now they say that times are [Am]hard and they've handed me my cards
They say the[F]re's not the work to go around [E]
[Am]And when the whistle blows, the gates will finally close
[Am]Tonight they're going to shut this factory down
[Am]Then they'll tear it d-o-w-n
[Am]I never missed a day nor went on strike for higher pay
For twe[F]nty years I served them be[G]st I could [Am]
[Am]Now with a handshake and a cheque it seems so easy to forget
[Am]Loyalty through the bad times and through good
[Am]The owner says he's sad to see that things have got so bad
[E]But the captains of industry won't let him lose
He stil[Am]l drives a car and [G]smokes his cig[F]ar [Am]
And still[F] he takes his family on a crui[G]se, [Am]
he'll never l-o-s-e [F] [G] [Am] [F] [G] [Am]
[Am]Well it seems to me such a c[G]ruel irony [F] [Am]
He's richer[F] now than ever he was before[G] [Am]
[Am]Now my cheque is spent and I can't afford the rent
[Am]There's one law for the rich, one for the poor
[F]Every day I've trie[G]d to salvage some of my prid[C]e [Am]
[E]To find some work so's I might pay my way
[Am]Oh but everywhere I go, the answer's always no
There's no work [F]for anyone here today[G], [Am]
no work t-o-d-a-[F]y [G] [Am] [F] [G] [Am]
[Am]And so condemned I stand, just an ordinary man
Like thous[F]ands beside me in t[G]he queue [Am]
[Am]I watch my darling wife trying to make the best of life
[Am]And God knows what the kids are going to do
[F]Now that we are faced [G]... with this[C] human waste [Am]
A ge-[F]--neration cast aside [E]
And as long as [Am]I live, I nev[G]er will [F]forgive [Am]
You've stripped[F] me of my dignity and pride, [G] [Am]
[F] [G] [Am]  
 
 you've stripped me b-a-r-e, you've stripped me b-a-r-e,
 

you've stripped m[F]e [G]b-[Am]a-r-e.

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