Reggae Covers: Nicky Thomas – Love of the Common People (Hurley & Wilkins)

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The song ‘Love of the Common People’ (Ronnie Wilkins/John Hurley) performed here by Nicky Thomas, a recording that hit #9 on the UK Pop Charts in 1970.

Living on free food tickets water in the milk from a hole in the roof
Where the rain came through what can you do
Tears from your little sister
Crying because she doesn’t have a dress without a patch
For the party to go oh but you know she’ll get by

‘Cos she’s living in the love of the common people
Smiles through the heart of a family man
Daddy’s gonna buy her a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love her just as much as she can and she can

It’s a good thing you don’t have a bus fare
It would fall through the hole in your pocket
And you’d lose it in the snow on the ground
You got to walk into town to find a job

Tryin’ to keep your hands warm
When the hole in your shoe lets the snow come through
And chills you to the bone
So now you’d better go home where it’s warm

So you can live in the love of the common people
Smiles from the heart of a family man
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can and she can

Living on a dream ain’t easy but the closer the knit the tighter the fit
And the chills stay away you take ’em in stride for family pride
You know that faith is your foundation
Whole lot of love and a warm conversation
But don’t forget to pray just make it strong where you belong

So you can live in the love of the common people
Smiles through the heart of a family man
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can and she can.

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