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Workingman's Hands
Written by C. Collingwood


From the Fountains of Wayne album Sky Full of Holes

He can knock down the wall 
Build it up strong 
Set the flagstones in a path 
 
With a nail and a hammer 
Barrow and saw 
See about the hole in the roof 
 
And the gathered all breathe 
A sigh of relief 
At completion of a well-laid plan 
It's wearing the day long 
And breaking the skin 
In the palms of the workingman's hands 
 
Let the tool do the work 
Pull and don't push 
Drag that wagon over the hill 
 
Measure twice and cut once, son 
Clear the felled brush 
Edge around the gardens and walks 
 
On a shiny John Deere 
Will he reappear 
With a power drill and a paintbrush 
And a chip on his shoulder 
As wide as a barn 
And as hard as the workingman's hands 
 
Now your Uncle John walked 
A mile to school 
In a storm and it was uphill both ways 
Oh, you save your money for a hole in the ground 
A black car and a long wall of roses 
 
And the gathered all breathe 
A sigh of relief 
At completion of a well-laid plan 
It's wearing the day long 
And breaking the skin 
In the palms of the workingman's hands 
 
Now the old iron gate 
Could use some fresh paint 




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