#734: 2000, Day One, Love on the Dole

by Charlie_East_West on August 7, 2013

We have around 2.5 million people who are unemployed, an estimated 1 million people on zero hours contracts, 2 million people in part time jobs, around 400,000 new self employed workers since 2008, and a staggering 8 million people working less than 25 hours a week.

It is bloody tough out there.

Green shoots? My arse.

Day One’s song Love on the Dole captures the group’s mix of folk and hip-hop combined with great storytelling lyrics. Considering the state of overall employment in this country, the song feels particularly relevant today:-

He was in section A to G
She was under H to T
Their eyes met across the queue, look at you

He asked for her current address
She blushed and said how her hair was a mess
He said “I’d really like to go out with you”

He said, “We’ll wait until giro day
And that way the queen can pay
So I’ll pick you up tomorrow”

She answered wearing slippers,
Said, she couldn’t find a baby-sitter
He said, “I’m going nowhere without you”

So she took her kids to her mum’s for the night
And they went and hit the bright lights in the town
Made them feel, like a million pounds

They went out for a romantic dinner
Then went to to see a real blues singer
She said, “I really like being with you”

And when they came to the end of the night
He asked her out again in a fortnight
She said “I’ll see your before in the line when we sign”

So two weeks later she’s looking for him
But he’s not in the queue amongst all the men
She’s looking frantically but no luck

She walks up to his friend and asks him why he isn’t signing on
He shakes his head, she says, “What’s wrong?”
He said, “They took him away, yesterday”

He said, “You see my darling, they did a search
Turns out he’s been doing building work”
He said, “I’ve seen it before, another broken heart”

From love on the dole, love on the dole
It’s love on the dole, love on the dole
Love on the dole, he said, “It’s love on the dole”

Absolutely brilliant. Poetic, heartbreaking and bittersweet…and brutally relevant for this day and age.

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