watched the road gang working at a spot just past my gate
of them were not on time, whilst the other three were late.
took them forty minutes to unload their tools from off the cart
was nearly time for their morning break, so they just didn't start.
had erected their wee canvas tent, equipped with benches and a
tent, it sort of leaned a bit and to me looked quite unstable.
youngest lad was sent to fetch hot water for their tea,
must have tried six houses, before he got to me.
you be after giving us a boiling, so that we can make the brew,
it's tursty work, all this digging for me and dat road crew."
obliged them with hot water, filling four black and smoked stained
your foreman out there with you?"
"Sur he's gone back to get the plans."
an hour later the foreman arrived and gave a shout,
many of yis in there?"
"Then half of yis, come out.
Paddy, Shaun and Kevin, and dat udder fellah Mick
brought yis each a shovel now, so come and take your pick."
we canna dig with these sur, the road is much too hard."
we'll use the compressor."
"Sur, we left it in the yard."
have got to have this hole dug, to a depth of siven feet!"
can dig it on the grass verge sur, its softer than the street."
dares a man dat knows the game, I'm sure dat he'll go far,
when you've dug the spoil from dare, just pile it round dat car.
more than siven feet now" he advised them without a grin
if you take out more dan dat, it'll not all go back in."
started on their digging, and did so methodically
that is when the tent fell down, exposing three others drinking
want half of yis on traffic cones, the rest can fix the tent"
scampered quickly to their ordained tasks, and off the foreman
owner of the house next door came out to check his car,
'Denver Boot' of spoil and soil clear up to his tow-bar.
in blazes are you doing digging up my drive and verge?"
this point they hit a water pipe and water did emerge.
neighbour and the road gang did argue in the spray,
up your gear me bhoy- ohs and let's be on our way."
foreman had returned to them, to rescue his road crew,
hole we've dug in this Park Drive, should be
in dat, Park View!"