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Situation
(c) 2000, W. Scott Messer. Recorded by Darby O'Gill, "The Gettin's
Good", 2002, Dog Sheet Music.
Notes: A modern Irish emmigrant song.
Situation
© 2000, W. S. Messer

          Bm                     F#m       Bm
I am an Irishman by birth, and I’ve come into your nation
F#m   A      F#m        Em                Bm   F#m   Bm
To discover what I’m worth at some other occupation
Bm                  F#m   Bm
I used to be a clerk, before my immigration
F#m   A             F#m        Em             Bm     F#m Bm
And I sure could use some work, and I want a situation

I have some experience, and a well known reputation
In Ireland’s defense against the British exploitation
But I’m willing to be trained, and I don’t mind relocation
And in case I’ve not explained: I want a situation

Em                                                                                Bm
Oh lord, what do you know; another mother’s son is on the dole
Em                                                                                    F#     G - F#
Oh lord, what do you know; another mother’s son has lost his soul

I have been a deportee, and I’ve faced discrimination
I’ve been under lock and key, poverty and near starvation
And if I might just add, as I make this application
That I want so very bad to get a decent situation

(interlude: A / G / A / G / A / G / A
             A / G / A / G / A / G / A
             A / G / A / G / A / G / A / F#m / F#m7

If you’ll excuse my bein’ bold, but I’ve had some confirmation
That American streets are paved with gold; now, that’s some decoration
I am no sort of slob, though I’ve no sophistication
And I sure can use a job, and I want a situation

Oh lord, what do you know; another mother’s son is on the dole
Oh lord, what do you know; another mother’s son has lost his soul

I am an Irishman by birth, and I’ve come into your nation
To discover what I’m worth at some other occupation
                                              And I want a situation
                                              And I need a situation
The Gettin's Good