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    "The Bricklayer's Song" Lyrics

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    Dear Sir I Write This Note To You To Tell You Of My Plight
    For At The Time Of Writing It I'm Not A Pretty Sight
    My Body Is All Black And Blue, My Face A Deathly Grey
    And I Write This Note To Say Why I Am Not At Work Today

    Whilst Working On The 14th Floor Some Bricks I Had To Clear
    But Tossing Them Down From Such A Height Was Not A Good Idea
    The Foreman Wasn't Very Pleased He Is An Awkward Sod
    And He Said I Had To Cart Them Down The Ladders In Me Hod

    Now Clearing All These Bricks By Hand It Was So Very Slow
    So I Hoisted Up A barrel And Secured A Rope Below
    But In Me Haste To Do The Job, I Was Too Blind To See
    That A barrel Full Of Building Bricks Was Heavier Than Me

    And So When I Untied The Rope The barrel Fell Like Lead
    And Clinging Tightly To The Rope I Started Up Instead
    I Shot Up Like A Rocket, And To My Dismay I Found
    That Halfway Up I Met The Bloody barrel Coming Down

    Well The barrel Broke Me Shoulder As To The Ground It Sped
    And When I Reached The Top I Banged The Pulley With Me Head
    But I Clung On Tightly Numb With Shock From This Almighty Blow
    While The Barrel Spilled Out Half Its Bricks Some 14 Floors Below

    Well When These Bricks Had Fallen From The barrel To The Floor
    I Then Outweighed The barrel And So Started Down Once More
    As I Clung On Tightly To The Rope My Body Racked With Pain
    And Halfway Down I Met The Bloody barrel Once Again

    Now The Force Of This Collision Halfway Down The Office Block
    Caused Multiple Abrasions And A Nasty Case Of Shock
    But I Clung On Tightly To The Rope As I Fell Towards The Ground
    And I Landed On The Broken Bricks The barrel Had Scattered Round.

    Now As I Lay There On The Ground I Thought I'd Passed The Worst
    But The Barrel Hit The Pulley Wheel And Then The Bottom Burst
    A Shower Of Bricks Rained Down On Me I Didn't Have A Hope
    As I Lay There Bleeding On The Ground I Let Go The Bloody Rope

    The barrel Now Being Heavier So Started Down Once More
    It Landed Right Across Me As I Lay There On The Floor
    It Broke 3 ribs And My Left Arm And I Can Only Say
    I Hope You'll Understand Why I Am Not At Work Today
    • submitted by Gary Philp
    • corrected on May 14th, 2011

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