We discovered this in a booklet of songs by Bill Caddick
called ‘Veil’, illustrated by Wolverhampton artist John Crane
in 1974. In the early 1970s Crane published many songs by
Craddick and his contempories in the form of broadsheets.
We felt the subject matter of Bill’s song to be as relevant
today as it ever was.
OH TO BE A KING
Words and Music: Bill Caddick
Oh to be a king and life be kind,
While poor folks need to rise and grimly toil.
Oh to lie in sleep for one long hour,
Till the sun has warmed dew upon the soil.
But the working man has risen long and left his home behind,
And the cold and rainy morning casts a shadow on his mind.
Oh to be a king and life be kind.
Oh to be a king and love the morn,
To be free to dream and follow every whim.
Take pleasure and rejoice in every hour,
And change life‘s dirge into a joyful hymn.
But most of all to greet the morn, to wait upon the dawn,
And smile to think another day of leisure‘s newly born.
Oh to be a king and love the morn.
Oh to be a king and lie abed,
While a lesser man must labour out his lot.
Oh to stay at home and take your rest,
While others act away life‘s tangled plot.
But the poor man sees his family only when the day is dead,
And the only rest he‘ll ever take is when his life has fled.
Oh to be a king and lie abed.
KING OF THE DISCOED
Music: Benji Kirkpatrick
from Death and Other Animals
released October 7, 2016
Benji Kirkpatrick - voice, bouzouki, guitars, mandolin
Saul Rose – voice, melodeons
Paul Sartin - voice, oboe, cor anglais, violin
Recorded at Halsway Manor
Engineered by Rupert Christie
Produced By Rupert Christie
Mixed by Sam Burden at Empire Record Studios
Mastered by Nick Cooke at Pure Records
all rights reserved