Is it worth it?
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boy's birthday
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon we'll be shipbuilding

Well I ask you
The boy said Dad they're going to take me to task
But I'll back by Christmas
It's 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 the shipbuilding

With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls

It's just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyard
And notifying the next of kin once again
It's all we're 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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Shipbuilding Lyrics

Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding Lyrics

Songwriters: ELVIS COSTELLO, CLIVE WILLIAM LANGER
Shipbuilding lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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