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Second Class Wait Here

This song is by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew and appears on the album Lawson (2005).

At suburban railway stations--you may see them as you pass--
There are signboards on the platform saying "Wait here second class,"
And to me the whir and thunder and the cluck of running-gear
Seem to be forever saying
"Second class wait here--
"Wait here second class
Second class wait here."

Yes, the second class were waiting in the days of serf and prince,
And the second class are waiting--we've been waiting ever since,
There are sighboards in the background, and the line is bare and drear,
Yet they wait beneath a signboard, sneering "Second class wait here."

I have waited oft in winter, in the mornings dark and damp,
When the asphalt platform glistened underneath the lonely lamp,
And I waited there and suffered, waited for many a year,
Slaved beneath a signboard, saying "Second class wait here."
Ah! a man must feel revengeful for a boyhood such as mine.
God! I hate the very houses near the workshop by the line;
And the smell of railway stations, and the roar of running gear,
And the scornful-seeming signboards, saying "Second class wait here."

There's a train, with Death for driver, that is ever going past;
There will be no class compartments and we all must go at last
For the long white jasper platform with Eden in the rear;
And there won't be any signboards, saying "Second class wait here"

"Wait here second class
Second class wait here."

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