What May You Do For The JAM (Just About Managing)

by Ange Hardy

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I heard Theresa May’s use of the phrase 'JAM' yesterday to describe families that are 'just about managing', and so I wrote this:

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Christmas is near and we’re just about managing, able to get through the day. What comes in we pay out and most months a bail out is needed to make our own way. The overdraft’s heavy, the fridge isn’t empty but Christmas… oh god just the thought! The turkey alone would be more than our savings, but at least we own all that we’ve got.

What may you do for the jam? The just about managing laboring man. The hard working families who live day by day on a handful of hand downs and minimum wage. The should be retiree’s, born the wrong year, with no choice but work till their body’s fall weary and just about managing turns into fear. What may you do for the jam?

And so I play mum with the small ones unknowing, their ignorance blissfully clear. And secretly breaking I carry on making a home full of Christmassy cheer. I hope in their days they will see some equality, not have to fight for their hand. May they have security, love and respect for the hard working laboring man.

What may you do for the jam? The just about managing laboring man. The hard working families who live day by day on a handful of hand downs and minimum wage. The should be retiree’s, born the wrong year, with no choice but work till their body’s fall weary and just about managing turns into fear. What may you do for the jam?

Thank god when mother, who just about manages, calls us to share Christmas day. How will we cope when she’s no longer with us, a thought I can’t bear to convey. My point is the only rock left here to build on is that of a world which has hope. May all those in power see all our diversity… do what is right for our vote.

What may you do for the jam? The just about managing laboring man. The hard working families who live by the day on a handful of hand downs and minimum wage. The should be retiree’s, born the wrong year, with no choice but work till their body’s fall weary and just about managing turns into fear. What may you do for the jam?

What may you do for the jam? The just about managing laboring man. The hard working families who live day by day on a handful of hand downs and minimum wage. The should be retiree’s, born the wrong year, with no choice but work till their body’s fall weary and just about managing turns into fear.

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released December 5, 2016

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Ange Hardy England, UK

Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. ... more

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