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Down In The Coalmine

  • (Trad / J. B. Geoghegan)

    Down in the coalmine, underneath the ground
    Where a gleam of sunshine never can be found
    Digging up the dusky diamonds all the season round
    Deep down in the coalmine, underneath the ground

    I am a jovial collier lad as blithe as blithe can be
    And let the times be good or bad, it's all the same to me
    It's little of the world I know and care less for its ways
    For where the dog star never glows I wear away my days

    Me hands are horny, hard and black through working in the vein
    And like the clothes upon me back my speech is rough and plain
    Well if I stumble with my tongue I've one excuse to say
    It's not the collier's heart that's wrong, it's the head that goes astray

    How little do the great ones care who sit at home secure
    What hidden dangers colliers dare, what hardships they endure
    The very fire they sit beside to cheer themselves and wives
    Mayhap was kindled at the cost of jovial miners lives

    Then cheer up lads and make the most of every joy you can
    And always let your mirth such as best befits a man
    For let the times be good or bad, we'll still be jovial souls
    For where would Britain be without the lads who look for coals

    As sung by The Ian Campbell Folk Group

    Cf. Here Come the Navvies

    Tune: The Roving Journeyman

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1964:] The words are by J. B. Geoghegan, a Durham miner, and date back about ninety years. It was one of the songs collected by A. L. Lloyd during his "expedition" that led to the monumental book "Come all ye bold miners" (Lawrence & Wishart). (Notes 'Presenting The Ian Campbell Folk Group')

  • [1967:] [An example of] the songs of professional pride that were so much in vogue among workers in the 1870s and '80s; [...] the old vainglorious songs strove rather after literary tone, while today's songs are perhaps too readily content with a documentary realism. (Lloyd, England 377)

Quelle: England

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