Mudcat Café message #3072797 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #101128   Message #3072797
Posted By: GUEST,Kay Sutcliffe
12-Jan-11 - 06:59 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Subject: RE: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Thank you all for your interest in Coal Not Dole - a poem I wrote during the 1984/85 Miners Strike which I felt captured the feelings of many of our community members at the time. As a miners wife it was important to me that people understood how strongly we felt about the situation and our heritage. The loss of our mining communities all over the country has hit hard to everyone that was involved. I love the version by the Oysterband - especially when followed by the tune of 'The Bells of Rhymney'. I also feel that the acapello version from Chumbawamba sums up the emotion of the words. The song has been published through BMG music.