talis_kimberley (talis_kimberley) wrote,
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talis_kimberley

Inspired by Wartime Farm, episode 3

At least, I think it was episode 3 - the farmers dreading the visit by the man from the Min of Ag, who could take their land from them if he felt they weren't farming it well enough. We heard of the farmer who stayed put, was besieged and shot, and died later in hospital of his wounds. I wonder how many stories of that nature never got widely told? 

Tune's playing silly beggars on this one. Will catch up with scratch tracks soon, truly!

THERE’S A WAR ON

I walked the farm this morning as I’ve done these forty years

It’s not the bombs and bullets that inspires this sense of fear

And the fellow from the Ministry // he’s headed here

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

I spent the night out ploughing while he spent the night in bed

We’ve culled our cherished herds, done every damnfool thing they said

And if they mean to take my farm they’d better shoot me dead 

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

They said: ‘Plough!’ I said: ‘It’s marginal land, far too wet to turn.’ //

Too late now; they’re grading us today, that bridge is burned

            We’ve sown flax – though goodness knows if that will thrive, we’ve done our best //

            Bent our backs – jumped through all the hoops for this unwelcome guest

They don’t sow the crops, they don’t work the land but it’s them as calls the

Shots and it’s out of our hands         

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

You’ll find me in the farmyard with my dogs and with my gun

I’ve worked as hard as any since this bloody war’s begun

Here he comes to grade me... and tell me how I’ve done

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

Don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

I said don’t you know there’s a war on, don’t you know there’s a war on

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Words by & © Talis Kimberley 1st October 2012
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