Easy Pickings

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about

The easy pickings are the working class, and now and then a new under-class of disenfranchised people who struggle to survive under the brutal rule of austerity. Like Ken Loach, I am angry at the terrible treatment of the disadvantaged, our young people, old people – anyone who ‘isn’t quite up to the mark’.

Seeing and being in the Numbered Streets in Horden brings it home just what is really happening all over this country, and I just had to say something.

lyrics

Here they come again
Dirty politicians
Cannot wash it off their hands
Cannot get it dead and buried
Picking at the bones
Stealing all our money
When they think nobody’s home
Don’t they love the easy pickings

Here they come again
Houses empty shuttered up
Just like the Accent men
They know when their bread is buttered
They weren’t born to care
Never tried or shared their winnings
Never stayed around just legged it
Don’t they love the easy pickings

Chorus
Watch these trees that keep on bending
Shifting sand, it’s never ending

Here they come again
With their private educators
Horrid bully yes-men
With their canes and caps and blazers
Breaking all the rules
Stealing all the public land
Driving on till we’re all sickened
Don’t they love the easy pickings

Here they come again
Telling us we’re scroungers, wasters
Heartless to the end
Slap their sanctions on and hate us
They don’t want to know
Driving us below the footfall
Don’t they love their easy pickings
They don’t even know their football

Chorus
Watch these trees that keep on bending
Shifting sand, it’s never ending

Here they come again
They won’t keep us safe at nights
Neglected on the edge
They don’t know their wrong from right
They’ve left us here for dead
They just look the other way
Cut us up and close us down
Don’t they love the easy pickings

Here they come again
There’s nothing good around the corner
They don’t feel the pain
They refuse us law and order
Stretching the divide
Opening up a can of worms
Dumb us down with all their lying
Don’t they love the easy pickings

Chorus
Watch these trees that keep on bending
Shifting sand, it’s never ending
Watch these trees that keep on bending
Shifting sand, it’s never ending
Here they come again

credits

from Our Streets Are Numbered, released September 11, 2016

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Brenda Heslop
Jill Heslop
Geoff Heslop

For the last 26 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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