Schoolday's end...

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  1. Douglas McMann

    Douglas McMann Well-Known Member

    Having delved into my family history over the past few years, I have been struck at the large number of my ancestors who were "employed" as coal miners...some from a very early age, straight after leaving a fairly elementary education...

    This song certainly strikes a chord...

    Schooldays over, come on then John,
    Time you were getting your pitboots on
    On with your sark and moleskin trousers
    Time you were on your way
    Time you were learning the pitman's job
    And earning a pitman's pay

    Come on then Jim, it's time to go
    Time ye were working down below
    Time to be handling a pick and shovel
    You start at the pit today
    Time you were learning the collier's job
    And earning a collier's pay

    Come on then, Dai, it's almost light
    Time you were off to the anthracite
    The morning mist is on the valley
    Time you were on your way
    Time you were learning the miner's job
    And earning a miner's pay.


     
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  2. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Oh deary me. How poignant can a lovely song be?

    Coal features in my ancestry too. (I think Rob's also, he said once.)

    Thanks Dougie.
     
  3. Douglas McMann

    Douglas McMann Well-Known Member

    Yes Brian...Mr Gaughan does it proud, and I don't mind saying it catches my throat when I listen to it...
     
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