Handful of Earth is the fifth solo studio album by Scottish folk musician and singer Dick Gaughan , released in by Topic Records. The album was Gaughan's first after spending several years largely avoiding playing music while regaining his health following a mental breakdown in Containing an array of traditional and contemporary folk songs performed on guitar with open tunings , Handful of Earth was by far Gaughan's most political to that point, and was inspired by the political turmoil in Scotland following the Conservative Party victory at the general election. Gaughan recorded the album with engineer Robin Morton at the latter's Temple Studios. During recording, Morton extended the album's recording sessions to allow them to complete what they both felt was becoming Gaughan's best work. When the album was completed, Gaughan felt he had released the best album he possibly could, causing him to change direction following its release rather than use the template he had on Handful of Earth.
Social Justice Songs. Workers' Song written by Ed Pickford, performed by Dick Gaughan Come all of you workers who toil night and day By hand and by brain to earn your pay Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread Have bled for your countries and counted your dead In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines We've often been told to keep up with the times For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed But when the sky darkens and the prospect is war Who's given a gun and then pushed to the fore And expected to die for the land of our birth When we've never owned one handful of earth? We're the first ones to starve the first ones to die The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky And always the last when the cream is shared out For the worker is working when the fat cat's about All of these things the worker has done From tilling the fields to carrying the gun We've been yoked to the plough since time first began And always expected to carry the can.
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