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English Folk-Heritage

One of the first songs I ever learned from my English Folk-Heritage. I think I learned it by absorption way back in the 1960s since every folk club worth its salt had a big bearded bloke who sang this unaccompanied, with a thumb jammed in his Levis and a finger jammed in his ear. I’ve played around with this for a while, trying not to stray too far from the original intent, and I thought it was another song that is well suited to a Northern Industrial Blues arrangement and I think makes it more relevant to youngsters.

Lyrics

English Folk-Heritage

If I had another penny, I would have another gill
I would make the piper play, The bonny lads of Byker Hill

Chorus:
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, collier lads for ever more
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, collier lads for ever more

When I first came to the dirt, I had no coat nor no pit shirt
Now I've got me two or three, th’ Walker Pit's done well by me

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The Pitman and the Keelman trim, They both drink bumble made from gin
Then to dance they do begin, to the tune of Elsie Marley

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Geordie Charlton, he had a pig, He hit it with a shovel and it danced a jig
All the way to Walker Shore, to the tune of Elsie Marley

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Th’ sheeve wheels stopped back in 1910, They stopped with a shudder, never moved again
The headframe stands so ghostly still, at the Walker pit near Byker Hill.

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