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Mick Pearce (MCP) Lyr Req: The Breaker's Men (The Teesside Fettlers) (9) RE: Lyr Req: The Breaker's Men (The Teesside Fettlers) 11 Feb 21


A bit later than I'd hoped, but here are the lyrics. There's one tiny bit I'm not clear on. I don't know if The Stent was a name for a part of the quayside or the river at Stockton, or if I'm not hearing it correctly.

As it turns out Ron was overly-pessimistic. The John H. Amos didn't get broken up and went on to the Medway. See this wikipedia article for full details of it's life: PS John H Amos (including tales of smuggling!).

Mick


THE BREAKER'S MEN
(Ron Angel)


Come in the John Amos, your time is all done.
Ah, the council have said that you've had a good run.
Come in the John Amos, come out of the sun.
For you're bound for the scrapyard and the vandals have won.

  Chorus:
  Make way for the breaker's men, give 'em some room;
  Let the bulldozers push and hammers ring doom.


John Amos, you're weary like an old iron horse,
And now you've retired and ?The Stent? is your course.
Now folk want to see you just put out to grass,
But with vandals in council it'll not come to pass

John Amos folk wish to admire your old frame,
But a spokesman from council does hereby proclaim:
"You're a part of old Teesside and that will not do",
So it's off to the scapyard, we bid you adieu.

Farewell to old Stockton and the things that we knew,
To The Customs House, Vane Arms and The Black Lion too.
Now the good old John Amos to scrap they'll reduce;
Ah, the vandals in council are out on the loose.



Source: The Teesside Fettlers - lp, Travelling The Tees, Traditional Sound TSR 021, 1975


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