Good Old Georgeby Jon Raven Aye Georgie's the lad that'll show 'emHe'll teach 'em their p's and their q'sWhen he comes down from Coalville to LondonThey'll see a man what don't know how to lose.He'll give of his best for the brickiesFor once he was a brickyard child himselfBut now he has fought all their battlesAnd used up all his hard earned wealth.He rose from a child in the brickyardsTo manage a firm on his ownBut he lost all his money and then lost his jobWhen he fought the children's cause all alone.Well he's won an act of Parliament for the brickiesThough he's got no job, three children and a wifeNow he's fighting for the navigation childrenAnd living on handouts every day of his life.You'll see him by day at the cutsideAs he talks with the boatees and their wivesBy night he writes his letters to the papersTo tell the world about the boatmen's lives.Now some say he's a stubborn do-gooderWho'd do his best to look unto himselfBut some of us believe that he's a herAnd we'll follow him in poverty and wealth Written about George Smith of Coalville for a stage musical documentary 'Canal Folk'. Jon Raven comments that it should be sung 'to a sentimental, even maudlin, tune of the music hall type'. He also points out that it was one of a number of songs written to fit particular scenes in the play and may therefore not stand up too well in ordinary performance.George Smith was a Victorian philanthropist who started life working (aged 9) for thirteen hours a day in a brickyard. He worked his way up to become a brickyard owner and colliery manager. Despite being reduced to near poverty at times, he championed the cause of brickyard children, then the canal community and gypsies.