A song: “Get Up, Get Out”

In Italy, for months,  we have been watching on TV the advertising of a telephone company that uses this song and showcases a series of fake news, to warn against easy credulity
This is the video that I share because it’s funny and not because I want to advertise the company of which I know absolutely nothing.

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The song is GET UP GET OUT by The Weavers

When I was young and short of tongue
A silly wee fool was I
The morning after I left the school
I heard my mother sigh

Get up, get out, you lazy lout
Get into your working clothes
Up to your knees in oil and grease
With the grindstone to your nose

I bought a clock, a bonny wee clock
To help me tell the time
It waken me every morning
With a very poetic rhythm

Get up, get out, you lazy lout
Get into your working clothes
Up to your knees in oil and grease
With the grindstone to your nose

I married a lass, a bonny wee lass
And kept her many a-year
Come what may, she began every day
By whispering in my ear

Get up, get out, you lazy lout
Get into your working clothes
Up to your knees in oil and grease
With the grindstone to your nose

Some can lie as long as they like
They’re luckier man than me
I never get to lie very long
I’m only 5 foot 3

Get up, get out, you lazy lout
Get into your working clothes
Up to your knees in oil and grease
With the grindstone to your nose

I’ll look for work tomorrow
If you just let me sleep today

The song’s chorus is catchy and refers to hard physical work, which is well expressed in the words ‘nose to the grindstone’. This means to work hard and continuously.

To keep one’s nose to the grindstone is a phrase which may come either from the habit of millers to check  that the stones used for grinding cereal weren’t overheating by putting their nose to the stone so that they could smell any burning. Alternatively it may derive from the practice of knife grinders who bent over the stone while sharpening blades.
This song is by The Weavers  and appears on the album Reunion at Carnegie Hall Part 2 (1963).
The Weavers were an American folk music quartet who sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, gospel music, children’s songs, labour songs, and American ballads.
They started out in November 1948 and were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, Pete Seeger re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music and inspired a generation of folk musicians, including Bob Dylan. His songs were in support of international disarmament, civil rights, and environmental causes.

Alzati, esci.

Quando ero piccolo e di poche parole
Ero uno ragazzino sciocco
La mattina dopo che lasciai la scuola
Sentii mia madre sospirare

Alzati, esci, pigro zoticone
Indossa gli abiti da lavoro
In olio e grasso fino alle ginocchia
Con la macina al naso (cioè: E vedi di sgobbare!)

Comprai un orologio, un bell’orologino
Che mi aiuta a sapere l’ora
Mi sveglia ogni mattina
Con un ritmo molto poetico

Alzati, esci, pigro zoticone
Indossa gli abiti da lavoro
In olio e grasso fino alle ginocchia
Con la macina al naso

Sposai una ragazza, una gran bella ragazza
E la mantenni per molti anni
Succeda quel che succeda, lei iniziava ogni giorno
Sussurrandomi all’orecchio

Alzati, esci, pigro zoticone
Indossa gli abiti da lavoro
In olio e grasso fino alle ginocchia
Con la macina al naso

Alcuni possono restare a letto tutto il tempo vogliono
Sono più fortunati di me
Non riesco mai a stare disteso a lungo
Perché sono lungo solo 1metro e 60

Alzati, esci, pigro zoticone
Indossa gli abiti da lavoro
In olio e grasso fino alle ginocchia
Con la macina al naso

Andrò a cercare un lavoro nuovo domani
Se mi lasci dormire oggi.

16 thoughts on “A song: “Get Up, Get Out”

  1. Mi soffermo sulla tua precisazione della pubblicità WordPress.
    In effetti mi era capitato di pensare che non capivo una certa pubblicità perché fosse nel mio blog e adesso tu mi hai chiarito l’arcano.

    Sherabientot grazie 🌷🎵🎵🎵

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