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This brilliantly rousing Union song, is dated around 1890 and is a parody of a famous song of the time called “Life is Like a Mountain Railway” composed by Charles Davies Tillman in 1875 in the USA.
In the true custom of common-folk music the composer of the parody lyrics is unknown. It was localized and adopted widely by mining communities in the North East and North West of England during the 1970s and 80s. and quickly became a rallying call for unionists everywhere. You’ll most certainly hear it at the Durham Miner’s Gala held in the North East of England in July every year.

Lyrics


A Miner's Life is like a sailor's,
'Board a ship to cross the waves,
Every day his life's in danger
Still he ventures, being brave.
Watch the rocks, they're falling daily,
Careless miners always fail;
Keep your hands upon your wages
And your eyes upon the scale.

Chorus:
Union miners, stand together,
And do not heed the owners' tale,
Keep your hands upon your wages
And your eyes upon the scale.

You've been docked, and docked again boys,
You've been loading two for one,
What have you to show for working
Since your mining day’s begun;
But worn-out boots, and worn-out miners,
Lungs of stone and children pale,
Keep your hands upon your wages
And your eyes upon the scale.

In conclusion, bear in memory,
Keep this password in your mind,
God provides for every miner
When in union they combine;
Stand like men, and linked together
Victory shall for you prevail;
Keep your hands upon your wages
And your eyes upon the scale

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