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Maggie Duffy's folk song Cheap Daily Life is a prophecy of the latest news affecting Devon farmers

PUBLISHED: 09:59 13 July 2012 | UPDATED: 12:12 28 February 2013

Maggie Duffy's folk song Cheap Daily Life is a prophecy of the latest news affecting Devon farmers

Maggie Duffy's folk song Cheap Daily Life is a prophecy of the latest news affecting Devon farmers

Local folk singer and composer Maggie Duffy wrote the following lyrics after being inspired by a radio Devon interview with a farmer suffering from the pressure of trying to supply the big supermarkets.

Cheap Daily Life

The fox, he wont bother my chickens any more

And the mice can eat every last grain in the store

The pond in the low field wont have to be drained

And the high field wont ever see the plough again

His early reveille my cockerel wont crow

Ill never again fight the rain, sleet and snow

I try to look hopeful to appease my poor wife

But weve been sold down the river by cheap daily life


Cheap Daily Life is all that you crave

Points on your store card but what do you save

Cost cutting, price fixing buy 2 is rife

Were losing our sanity to Cheap Daily Life

Six generations have farmed this land

Weve lived on it died on it from boy unto man

Never crushed or defeated by the weight of the toil

Just happy to put our faith into the soil

My old herd of Devons was once milked by hand

No chemicals tainted my green pleasant land

My life was not blighted by pressure and strife

Weve been sold down the river by cheap daily life

The For-Sale sign is fixed and Im worn to the core

Im broken by the big boys whove screwed me to the floor

Half a penny profit is all I have made

On the milk I would much rather pour down the drain

Than give it to those who would quaff without care

Of sunshine and seasons and pure country air

My life has been severed by a sharp Boardroom knife

Ive been sold down the river by CHEAP DAILY LIFE whre Maggies song is in the final being sung by UK Jazz Singer Clare Teal. The 79p downlaod votes to determine winning song ends July 25th

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