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50 years old and still manning the docks
Sent half his life, punching clocks
Doin work fit for a younger man
20 years of labor wasn’t part of his plan

His back is strained and, so is his patience
Wants to send his boss on a permanent vacation
A union worker, through and through
Without hopes of promotion what’s a man to do?

Whoa oh oh this songs for you

He does it for his wife and kids
Of which he never sees
12 hour shifts and shitty bids
And a future he’ll never see

There’s got to be something more to life
Than endless shifts and constant strife
He started there as a fresh face kid
With dreams of a future as he’s packin’ skids

Now 20 years later he’s doing the same
Not a valued worker, just another name
For all of his service he gets a slap in the face
Cause with a 20 year old kid he’ll be replaced

Whoa oh oh oh this songs for you
Whoa oh oh oh whoa oh oh Ken


from Flag's at Half Mast, released June 20, 2008
Lyrics by Peter McLeod, Music by Chris Holley, Ian Manhire, Chris Meyers, Mike Longfield and Aaron Taylor



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The Tartan Hearts Calgary, Alberta

The Tartan Hearts first set sail in 2005 and played their final show on March 17th, 2011

There music could best be described as a marriage of maritime folk music mixed with the sincerity , energy and passion of punk rock

The Tartan Hearts have shared stages with the likes of The Real Mckenzies and members have done guest spots with Canada's premier irish punk band The Mahones
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