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Brown Sticky Clay

[In the garden of 17 Easter Cornton Road, Causewayhead, Stirling - 1939]

Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 13th of August, 2014 to Sidney Clare and Lew Brown's 1925 music for the song, 'Then I'll Be Happy''.

My Dad wore old-style-'plus-fours'
Oft out-of-doors,
But not for chores when in his garden.
For that he had dungarees,
Worn at the knees.
Covered in grease but they were comfy.

When it dug hours on end,
His trusty 'Never-Bend',
Would never once complain,
But slice-down in drouth or rain.

Dad's soil was brown-sticky-clay,
Grand for each rose,
But goodness knows,
Not for potatoes!

Each rose was treated with care
In his ground there,
As were sweet-peas for all their colours.
Diluted 'pee' brought them on
When poured each morn
Under each plant that needed coaxing.

When they grew healthily,
What brightness there could be
With perfumes sweet, so sweet
That these stopped folks in the street.

Though in that brown-sticky-clay
Grass too could grow,
But, goodness, No!
Not one potato!

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