Th'Aerospace


Now Joe he worked at Th'Aerospace

Most of his life he'd been theer
First workin' on one thing and then on another
He'd 'ad a very varied career

Joe had no qualifications of course
Academically he were a dead loss
And so useless were 'e at doin' his job
As th'Aerospace made him a boss

They giv' him an office to sit in
And he scowled at folk as they went by
An' he came out and walked round every hour or so
So as not to let sleepin' dogs lie

He were so much like t'other bosses
In't fancy suit he were sportin'
All dressed-up to t'nines wi' his shoes polished-up
He looked like he were goin' out courtin'

A brand-new free car came along wi' t'job
An' he parked it outside th'office door
While t'workforce trudged-in from t'car parks in t'rain
Half a mile they 'ad to walk, sometimes more

His afternoon cuppa were fresh brewed in t' pot
And brought to 'im in a blue cup
But t'others brought flasks or used t'coffee machines
T'were a bitter brew to sup

And t'bosses cared nowt for t'workers
And t'workers cared nowt for t'bosses
And nobody cared that these attitudes
Turned Th'Aerospace profits to losses

An' Joe carried on bossin' like 'e 'ad been taught
Like his bosses had taught him to do
And every day Th'Aerospace sailed closer to t' wind
Like a ship with a mutinous crew

T'cost of t'planes kept on soarin' just like you'd expect
Wi' t'workforce demoralised like
But they couldn't change management's attitude
Not even after they'd bin out on strike

T'management kept blamin 't'unions
In their bulletins this they highlighted
But what t'management couldn't understand
Were that t'unions were t'workforce ' united

T'workforce were more interested in t'company
Than any of t'management lot
But nobody wanted to listen
And t'management didn't give a jot

When Joe died he went up to heaven
And reluctantly left Th' Aerospace
So they found someone else to take over Joe's chair
And another Joe sits in Joe's place

And Joe carries on bossin' like 'e 'as been taught
Like his bosses have taught him to do
And every day Th'Aerospace sails closer to t' wind
Like a ship with a mutinous crew