From the album My Heart or My Head

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Gareth Hurwood - vocals / guitar
Sarah Tradewell - fiddle
James Whittall - mandolin
Alex MacCuaig - upright bass / vocals
Tom Salter - drums

Lyrics

Time to go to work boys, time to clean and jerk boys.
If you’re lookin’ for the real men, we’ll be layin’ down that steel men,
We’ll be layin’ down that steel.

Oh navvy strike a course for the fiery Iron Horse.
Get up, get on the levels, you God-forsaken sons-of-the-devil.
It’s time to go to work boys, time to clean and jerk boys.
If you’re lookin’ for the real men, we’ll be layin’ down that steel men,
We’ll be layin’ down that steel.

From Hell into the forge, swallowed up by the gorge.
Screamin’ down that river, oh death do us deliver!
'Cause if you die today, you will forfeit all your pay,
So put your back into the rail, live again to tell your tale.

Time to go to work boys, time to clean and jerk boys.
If you’re lookin’ for the real men, we’ll be layin’ down that steel men,
We’ll be layin’ down that steel.

Penny, nickel or a dime boys, hammer down that line boys.
Penny, nickel or a dime boys, swing away in time.
So you wanna be a navvy, run back home now to your daddy,
Overhead the rock is falling, think I can hear your momma callin’.

It's time to go to work boys, time to clean and jerk boys.
If you’re lookin’ for the real men, we’ll be layin’ down that steel men,
We’ll be layin’ down that steel.

Well, we’re gonna drink, we’re gonna fight, we’re gonna go to town tonight.
Men, from all around the world, yeah we come here just to steal your girls!
Listen to the mighty roarin’ of the navvies’ drunken whorin’.
Swingin’ away his little hammer, you can keep your f*ckin' manners!

Time to go to work boys, time to clean and jerk boys.
If you’re lookin’ for the real men, we’ll be layin’ down that steel men,
We’ll be layin’ down that steel.

Penny, nickel or a dime boys, hammer down that line boys.
Penny, nickel or a dime boys, swing away in time.
So you wanna be a navvy, run back home now to your daddy.
Overhead the rock is fallin', think I can hear your momma callin’.

It's time to go to work boys, time to clean and jerk boys.
If you’re lookin’ for the real men, we’ll be layin’ down that steel men,
We’ll be layin’ down that steel.

Layin’ down.
Layin’ down,
Layin’ down that steel.