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Dick Gaughan sings about the revolutionary 18th century thinker and propagandist Thomas Paine. Song written by Graham Moore.

Comment by waldopaper on May 8, 2012 at 5:53pm

As I dreamed out one evening
By a river of discontent
I bumped straight into old Tom Paine
As running down the road he went
He said, "I can't stop right now, child,
King George is after me
He'd have a rope around my throat
And hang me on the Liberty Tree"

But I will dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance in the oldest boots I own
To the rhythm of Tom Paine's bones
I will dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance in the oldest boots I own
To the rhythm of Tom Paine's bones

"I only talked about freedom
And justice for everyone
But since the very first word I spoke
I've been looking down the barrel of a gun
They say I preached revolution
Let me say in my defence
That all I did wherever I went
Was to talk a lot of common sense"

Old Tom Paine he ran so fast
He left me standing still
And there I was, a piece of paper in my hand
Standing at the top of the hill
It said, "This is the Age Of Reason
These are The Rights Of Man
Kick off religion and monarchy"
It was written there in Tom Paine's plan

Old Tom Paine, there he lies
Nobody laughs and nobody cries
Where he's gone or how he fares
Nobody knows and nobody cares

But I will dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance in the oldest boots I own
To the rhythm of Tom Paine's bones
I will dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance to Tom Paine's bones
Dance in the oldest boots I own
To the rhythm of Tom Paine's bones.  

Comment by Mouse on May 19, 2012 at 4:00pm

But where he's gone and how he fares? It was a local hero, William Cobbett, who brought them back to England, where they were lost.

http://www.btinternet.com/~john.whitbourn/Bones_in_Ash.htm   

I'm terribly sorry about that chaps, be sure he meant well.

Comment by waldopaper on May 29, 2012 at 7:06pm

Paine on "Christianity:"  "... it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists or fanatics. As an engine of power, it serves the purposes of despotism; and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests; but so far as respects the good of man in general, it leads to nothing here or hereafter." 

" in his An Apology for the Bible in answer to the writings of Thomas Paine that it would have been 'fortunate' had Paine's life been 'terminated' before he commenced to write.

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