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Miner's Wife

  • (Ewan MacColl)

    Every day for weeks and weeks on end he's gone to join the battle
    Regular as clockwork in the early hours of day
    Sandwich wrapped in greaseproof paper stuffed into the inside pocket
    Of his old wind-cheater - off to the picket line

    It's just as if he is working on the early shift, the way he rises
    In all his body there is not a single idle bone
    Gulps a mug of tea and grabs a slice of toast, gives me a quick embrace
    And then he's leaving - for the picket line

    The mine is deep, the work is hard and the dangers many
    There never was a time when coal was easy to win
    But now the fight's not only to win coal but for the simple right
    To have a job they're fighting - on the picket line

    Every night after he's been battling with the scabs and their protectors
    I feed him, bathe his bruises, clean and disinfect his wounds
    I've always stood behind him but I'll swear from this time on
    You'll see me standing right beside him - on the picket line

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1989:] The miners' strike [of 1984/85] lasted 358 days, and [...] cost fourteen deaths (one of them officially a murder), nearly 10,000 arrests, thousands of injuries to both miners and police, and over £7 billion of taxpayers' money. It was a dispute about pit closures and the future of mining communities that was seen by much of the media and the public in more simple terms, as a show of strength between a hard-line left-winger, Arthur Scargill, the miners' leader, and an apostle of market forces, Margaret Thatcher. The media, for the most part, reflected public opinion in their hostility towards the miners, particularly as the bitterness and violence grew. (Denselow, Music 212)


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