THE BATH IN THE KITCHEN (Paul O’Brien)

 

Oh! Biddy, come over the rumours ‘round town

They’re going to be knockin our tenement down

The man from the corpo said “listen to me

We’re going to build you a house by the sea”

 

THEY’VE gardens with railings and Lord bless my soul

There’s bath in the kitchen for keeping YOUR coal!

There’s bath in the kitchen for keeping YOUR coal!

 

He showed me a drawing of what they had planned

Houses and shops and beaches with sand

Tram lines and parks and Oh! By the way

Plenty of places for childer to play

 

The toilets indoors and if that’s not enough

There’s a pot on landing for doing you stuff

There’s a humongus garden for growin’ the weeds

A grand place for culchies to be planting seeds

 

He said there are factories to work in as well

Sure it won’t take us long to get used to the smell

Candles and chocolate and plenty of wood

Sure he’d live there himself now, if only he could