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Proletarian issue 48 (June 2012)
Song for Godfrey
Words by Ella Rule. Music originally composed for Rosalía Castro’s poem ‘Adiós Rios, Adiós Fontes’ by Amancio Prado
Sing farewell to Comrade Godfrey
Our sorrow is so deep
We miss you when we’re waking
And we miss you when we sleep


We remember all the good times
When you made us laugh and smile
When you cooked us bacon fry-ups
In your own especial style.


Remember how you kept us waiting
In the wind and in the rain
While you wrote down your car mileage
And counted lit – oh what a pain!


Remember how you got quite dizzy
On a single glass of beer
So you always stayed quite sober
So’s to drive us far and near


Such a fav’rite with the children
Such a true and loyal friend
How we loved your witty sayings
And the poems that you penned


We still see you in the print room
Meticulous in your care
To ensure our publications
Reached the masses everywhere


Godfrey, Godfrey, Godfrey
Our eyes with tears are full
When we think you’re gone forever
How can fate be so damn cruel?


We see you standing at the forefront
Of every march and rally
In all weathers and conditions
Holding up our banner gladly


You who always thought of others
And never of yourself
You laboured without ceasing
The working class to help


Now that you’re no longer with us
To bear it’s very grim
You’ll still be our inspiration
And your light will never dim


We will take the struggle forward
Fighting hard to fill your shoes
We’re so lucky to have known you
That’s something we’ll never lose


We will follow where you led us
Along revolution’s road
It will be our life’s endeavour
To keep going with your load


To keep going towards freedom
Upholding our red flame
And in socialist Britain
Bring honour to your name
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