"Love Of The Common People" as written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins....
Living on free food tickets
Water in the milk from a hole in the roof
Where the rain came through
What can you do?
Tears from your little sister crying
Because she doesn't have a dress without a patch for the party to go

But you know she'll get by.
'Cause she's living in the love of the common people
Smiles from the heart of the family man.
Daddy's gonna buy her a dream to cling to
And mama's gonna love her just as much as she can and she can.

It's a good thing you don't have busfare

It would fall through the whole in your pocket
And you'd lose it in the snow on the ground.
You gotta walk into town to find a job.
'Trying to keep your hands warm when the hole in your shoe
Let's the snow come through and it chills you to the bone

So boy
You better go home where it's warm.
Where you can live in the love of the common people
Smiles from the heart of the family man.
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to
And mama's gonna love you just as much as she can and she can.
Living on a dream ain't easy
But the closer the knit the tighter the fit
And the chills stay away
You have to take 'em in stride
For family pride.
You know that faith is your foundation
And with a whole lot of love and warm conversation
But don't forget to pray it's making it strong where you belong.
And we're living on the love of the common people
We're living of the love of the common people

Lyrics submitted by Marelle

"Love of the Common People" as written by Ronnie Stephen Wilkins John David Hurley

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    General Commentthe lyrics speak for themselves - the best part of this song is the female backing vocals, especially on the original 12" extended version. This was the first 12" I bought and I still like the sounds and mix.
    CharmingManon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best song for Paul young
    Saed102on August 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's really cool
    isacon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Love of the Common People" is a folk ballad written and composed by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and first released in January 1967 by The Four Preps.[1] It has been covered most successfully by soul group The Winstons, reggae singer Nicky Thomas and English white soul singer Paul Young. It was also a huge hit in Ireland for showband star Joe Dolan. The lyrics tell a bleak story of poverty and joblessness. There is a mention of "free food tickets," a reference to government food stamp and welfare programs, and the lyrics also describe the subject family as having holes in their clothes. Though Wilkins and Hurley did not expressly say so in the lyrics, the song is also a protest of what they saw as the failure of the American government to do more for the poor and unemployed than it already had. Nicky Thomas recorded a Joe Gibbs-produced reggae version of the song in 1970, which sold over 175,000 copies in the United Kingdom and reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.It was Thomas's only major hit single, and, according to Steve Leggett of Allmusic, "practically defines the term 'pop reggae.'"In 1982 Paul Young released his interpretation of "Love of the Common People" as a single, but it, initially, failed to chart. It was only when Young had his first hit in 1983 with "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" and the single was re-released that it became a big hit. The single peaked at #2 in the UK, and reached the number one spot in Ireland and the Netherlands. This version also contained a solo by influential ska and reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez. On Stiff Little Fingers's re-mastered Now Then... album, there is an interview with Jake Burns where he re-calls Paul Young met Stiff Little Fingers at one of their concerts in Dunstable in support of the album in which Young asked Burns were Stiff Little Fingers planning to release the song as a single. When Burns told them they weren't, Young asked if they minded him releasing it as a single. They said he could, not thinking the single would do well. Burns then says jokingly in the interview, "Pfft! Go ahead. You'll never get anywhere with that, mate. Yeah, number 2, that'll teach me!"
    sepultura1987on December 01, 2010   Link
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    MemoryFirst few times i heard this i thought that line was "Watering the milk from a hole in the roof etc etc"

    I assumed they were so dreadfully poor they had no running water and had to eke out the milk with rainwater!
    Emmjayon July 26, 2016   Link

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