The Jobstown 23

by Mick Blake

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The Jobstown 23

Once there was an honest politician
The plight of working people her concern
And when she was in need of inspiration
To Connolly or Larkin she did turn
From a Stoneybatter cottage to the Council
And on to take her place in the Dáil
She championed the weak, the disadvantaged
Her decency was praised were by one and all

But then the day arrived for the decision
A choice to serve the prosperous and the poor
Something made her slip towards the dark side
Eclipsing all the good she'd done before
Propping up the puppets of the privileged
Favouring the friends of the elite
She seemed to have forgotten where she'd come from
So they stopped her in her tracks on a Jobstown Street

They asked her why we pay the bank's lost gambles,
Taxed to pay a debt that we don't own?
They wondered if she knew how she'd betrayed them
And the Jobstown 23 are not alone

For nine long weeks they listened in that courtroom
As the witnesses told tales of the minister's plight
How the dregs were bent on anarchy and violence
How they promised that "they'd keep her there all night"
Then a voice from above said there's no hassle
And the judge declared "that memories we re frail"
But if the cameras didn't show what really happened
Could those "memories" have put them all in jail?

And what of the cases still outstanding?
Could a child falsely imprison on his own?
Enough's enough, it's time to drop the charges
For the Jobstown 23 are not alone
The Jobstown 23 are not alone


released July 26, 2017
Written and performed by Mick Blake



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Mick Blake Leitrim Village, Ireland

Mick Blake is a singer/songwriter, originally from Letterkenny, now living in Leitrim. His songs have a strong social message. Christy Moore included "Oblviious" on his 2016 album "Lily".

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