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​Marshall Riley's Army

This song is by Lindisfarne and appears on the album Back And Fourth (1978).

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In October '36 they took a trip, the men who made the ships
Searching for some kind of salvation
With head held high and dignified, the townsfolk and the passers-by
Held them in some kind of admiration.

March on, Marshall Riley's army
Marching for your rights, you've surely earned them
March on, Marshall Riley's army
The lessons that you taught us, who has learned them?

Soldiers in the front line of the struggle for the right to work
Did God give me these hands just to be idle?
While his holiness the Bishop with his infinite Christian wisdom
Like Peter when the cock crew had denied them.

March on, Marshall Riley's army
Marching for your rights, you've surely earned them
March on, Marshall Riley's army
The lessons that you taught us, who has learned them?

And the yes men and the press men to London town all came down
And brought with them the curious and deranged
And forty years has since gone past but you're still down there if you're working class
Can anybody tell me what has changed?

March on, Marshall Riley's army
Marching for your rights, you've surely earned them
March on, Marshall Riley's army
The lessons that you taught us, who has learned them?

March on, Marshall Riley's army
Marching for your rights, you've surely earned them
March on, Marshall Riley's army
The lessons that you taught us, who has learned them?

March on, Marshall Riley's army
Marching for your rights, you've surely earned them
March on, Marshall Riley's army
The lessons that you taught us, who has learned them?