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Head over Ears in Debt

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Head over Ears in Debt

Head over Ears in Debt

I'm cold sitting here on the outside lavatory
With this note for the rent man in my hand
I don't know why she can't pay her way
As a child, I can't understand.

I mean… she never smokes cigs, she never goes out.
She never buys anything for herself.
She never has a drink, And God knows what she eats,
What's wrong…..Its so hard to tell.

Everything we wear, is hand me downs.
We never get anything new.
I mean… what child at eleven year old,
wears his nana's bootees to go to school.

I am ashamed of going into shops around here.
All the lads, they thinks that its funny.
Because, every time I walk in with one of my mates
They ask, if my nana's sent money.

She's borrowed money from all over the place,
From Ince, to Clarrington Brook.
She's even taken the drastic step,
Of selling her pension book.

Everything she's taken to the pawnshop.
We have very near nothing left.. has to be said.
Anything that was new has already gone.
And now she's took the blankets off the bed.

Hey up…. The rent man is coming down the path.
If he knocks, he will waken my dad.
My dad does'nt know that he were'nt payed last week.
If he finds out, he's going to go mad.

I don't know how it's all going to pan out.
It will all hit the fan… you can bet
When the bailiffs turn up, he's going to find out
That he head over ears in debt.


Wigan Dialect Copyright © 1998 Jeff Unsworth

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