The Colliery Gate



Songs by Ian McCalman

The Colliery Gate

© Ian McCalman MCPS/PRS

on "Peace and Plenty" (1986 Greentrax CT TRAX 002)

Well I live down the road from the colliery gate
And the siren of the shift is the sound I hate
Don't be sick and don't be late
There is no other work in the village

When the dust and grime make a man retire
Then his son comes up for the chance of hire
Working in the dark just to feed your fire
There is no other work in the village

Though Bilsten is better than most they say
I will do everything to keep my son away
Jobs like that don't come each day
There is no other work in the village