Them that work the hardest are the least provided ...

March 30, 2014

The starting point for ‘Them that work the hardest…’ was in listening again to recollected lines from songs dealing with the experiences of people at work, while at the same time reflecting on personal, family and community history. Some of these lines (in no particular order) are:

‘Oh dear me the world is ill divided, them that work the hardest are the least provided’

from The Jute Mill Song by Mary Brookbank

‘In the morning we built the city, in the afternoon walked through its streets, evening saw us leaving’
from The Ballad of Accounting by Ewan MacColl

‘Laddie ye dinnae ken the danger that ye’re in, if yer horses wis tae flegg and your owsen wis tae rin’
from Twa Recruitin Sergeants, Traditional

‘I couldn’t hardly find, I couldn’t hardly find, I couldn’t hardly find my monday morning shoes’           
from Monday Morning Blues by Mississippi John Hurt

‘We’re a sat thigether here to sit and to crack, wi oor glasses in our hands and oor work upon oor back’           
from The Work of the Weavers, Traditional

‘This boat we’re sailing in was built by many hands and the sea we are sailing on, it touches many lands’
From Somos El Barco by Pete Seeger

‘O dear me the mill is gaen fast, puir wee shifters cannae get nae rest’              
from The Jute Mill Song by Mary Brookbank

‘Friday, friday morning, come on friday its been to long. Friday, friday morning, come on friday I want to go home’
from Friday by JJ Cale

‘If you were a bird, if you were a buffalo, they’d paint your silhouette against the sky’
from Bye Bye Big Blue by Brian McNeill

‘And it’s not the fights you dreamed of but those you really fought, it’s not what you’ve been given, it’s what you do with what you’ve got’
from What You Do With What You’ve Got by Si Khan

Jim Cathcart has been living and working in Dublin since 1998. As a visual artist, Jim’s work has included printmaking, drawing, painting, murals, banners and poster design. In addition to exhibiting in galleries in Scotland and Ireland, his work has found its way into a variety of public, community and commercial spaces. As an arts activist, Jim has been involved in a long term quest for socially relevant approaches to art. This led to a number of roles in community based arts such as tutor and facilitator; artist in residence; project and event manager; arts co-ordinator; researcher and consultant. Jim currently works from a studio in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. If you are interested in visiting the studio contact Jim on 087 6923127 or

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