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Is it worth it
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boys birthday
Its just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon well be shipbuilding
Well I ask you
The boy said dad they're going to take me to task
But I'll be back by christmas
Its just a rumour that was spread around town
Somebody said that someone got filled in
For saying that people get killed in
The result of this shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls
Its just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin
Once again
Its all were skilled in
We will be shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls



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    This song is about the hope for employment in a community where the shipyards are the source of jobs, and the difficult fact that when the work comes it means that the nation is going to war. That's what the vessels are used for. So the hope for work and ability to take care of the family and ones own is painfully built on the ultimate deaths and misfortunes of others, the sadness of war and conflict.

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