Mudcat Café message #271800 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #101128   Message #271800
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
05-Aug-00 - 03:26 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Subject: Lyr Add: COAL NOT DOLE (K Sutcliffe and J Goss)^^
(Credited to Kay Sutcliffe and John Goss)

It stands so proud, the wheel so still,
A ghostlike figure on the hill.
It seems so strange there is no sound
Now there are no men underground:
What will become of this pit yard,
Where men once trampled, faces hard?
Tired and weary, their shift done,
Never having seen the sun.

Will it become a sacred ground?
Foreign tourists gazing round
Asking if men once worked here,
Way beneath the pithead gear:

Empty trucks once filled with coal,
Lined up just like men on the dole.
Will they e'er be used again,
Or left for scrap just like the men?:

There'll always be a happy hour
For those with money, jobs and power.
They'll never realise the hurt
They do to them they treat like dirt:

from the singing of Coope, Boyes and Simpson - 'Funny old World'
The tune is 'See amid the Winter Snow'.

Hope it works. LTS