Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lee Dorsey - Working in a Coalmine

WEDNESDAY CLUB
COAL PORTING
BOYS FROM THE BLACK STUFF?



LEE DORSEY -Working in a Coalmine


He is another attempt at a folk type song, I like the idea, all the hardship, but what is hardship if you don't know any better?. If a bird is born in a cage does he know the freedom of flight.

THE COAL PORTER

me and Bevan to the seven sisters
our first day after leaving school
we join the men an wi ma dad
head on to gates of the mine

we feel as if we're all grown up
at last I've become a man
no childish games of tag and chase
I will hand ma pay to mi mam

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

it's not all I thought it would be
I so wish I was back in school
every day falls into the other
the same old toil and grind

I look forward to Friday nights
the only hope I can see
I scrub the dust meet my mates
for a few hours I can be free

time has come I'm off the age
to join all the men in the pub
drink and sing and rugby talk
we soon head to the hop

it's there I met my Carys Jones
with hair as dark as coal
we'll be married in the church
in our own home our goal

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

married now all of fifteen years
got six bairns to feed and clothe
yes we got a house of our own
but never a holiday we had

everyday day head for the mine
with Evan my first born
these's rumours the mine to close
our lives could soon be torn

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

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