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GUEST,Marian Lyr Add: The Miner's Song (17) Lyr Add: THE MINER'S SONG 10 Oct 01

Hi you mudcatters!

There's a song we perform in our Irish Folk Band. I would like to know who wrote it and who or which band recorded this song and where I can get it. Any help apreciated!

Here's the lyrics:

"The Miner's Song"
Well, I live down the road from the colliery gate
And the siren of the shift is the sound I hate:
Don't be sick and don't be late!
There's no other work in the village.

When the dusk and the grime make a man retire
And the sun comes up by the chance of hire.
Working in the dark just to feed your fire.
There is no other work in the village.

Though bilking is better than most they say,
I will do everything to keep my son away.
Jobs like that don't come each day.
There is no other work in the village

No you don't get me down underground in your mines.
Away from the trees and the flowers so fine.
Down in the dark where the sun never shines.
No, you don't get me down in your mines.

Well they work in the dark for the most of their lives
Away from their children, away from their wives.
To make others rich in the heat and the dark.
Ah, but who's going to care when you're too old to work

No, you don't…


There's many a miner has died underground,
Died all alone when the roof tumbled down,
Or choked out his life underneath a great beam,
Or buried and gust in that lousy cold seam.

No you don't…

I've worked in your factories, I've worked on your farms,
Until all me muscles towed out of me arms.
I've been in your armies, I've been out to sea.
But by Christ you won't make a coal-miner of me.

No you don't…

Away from the flowers so fine…
Down where the sun never shines…
No, you don't get me down in your mines…

So I hope there's anybody out there who can tell me about this song!

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