Do They Know, Do They Care? by Dusty Miller and Dave Illingworth They stand so proud at their hundred grand boat Sipping at tonic and gin They stand at the tiller of their pride and joy With the rope hung over the pin Do they know of those who have gone before The horses, the boats and the loads Of those that lived and died on the cut And the families that worked these roads? As they walk through the doors of the theme park pub Do they know how it used to be? Concertina and banjo, dancing and song And the girl of your dreams on your knee The tales of the loads and working all night The fastest down to the smoke How you fought for your turn at each lock in the flight But ended with a drink and a joke They stand at the helm of their hundred grand boat With electronics and high tech gear They say a bow-thruster is really a must For without it, now, how can you steer Tell me, how would they manage a fifty ton load With butty astern on tow With the rain and the sleet stinging your eyes When the strong north-easters blow? In the summer they think, with the sun on their backs It sure was a wonderful life But when your pair was held fast in the ice Then do they think of the strife Do they know of old George, whose wife was drowned? Working up Hatton one night Getting ahead far into the dark Up again at dawn’s early light They stand so proud on their hundred grand boat Sipping at tonic and gin They stand at the tiller of their pride and joy With the rope hung over the pin Do they know of the lock-keepers, lengthsmen and all And those that worked a pair? Yes, those that lived and died on the cut I wonder if they even care? Sleeve notes : The changing scenes, the altered values and the traditions that are being "rediscovered", sometimes not always accurately, make canal life so different today and are reflected in this song. Let us not forget those who have gone before and who have left us such a unique heritage. Recorded on :
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