The Grosmont Miner

 
Performed by:
Tony Morris
Recorded in:
York
Recorded on:
01/01/2005
Recorded by:
Tony Morris
Genre:
Mining - Iron
Keywords:
Industrial Strife,
Mining
 

Archival information

TYG:
116
Key:
Gm
Time Signature:
6:8
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
The Grosmont Miner
Places Cited:
Grosmont,
Trimdon,
Cleveland,
Beckhole

Lyrics

1
I am a Grosmont miner,
I work in the Pecten Seam.
My tools are a pick and a candle
As I hew the workings clean.
I'm up in the early morning
Before it's getting light.
I walk from Beckhole to Grosmont.
I'll not be back afoor night.

Chorus
Watch out for the tubs a-rolling,
They'll take your breath away,
And the Doctor has no med'cine
To save your life today.

2
We work the Bord and Pillar
Where the rock is blasted out.
When you hear the shout of, ‘Fire!’
You'd better heed that shout.
You can't see the tubs a-rolling
In the black dark of the pit.
If a sprag flies out it'll break your leg
And the wheels chop your body in bits.

3
Well, Grosmont miners went on strike
For what’s called ‘parity of pay’.
They wanted same as Cleveland lads
But Union sold them away.
So now I’ve got to find more work,
And mining’s what I do,
So I’m off to North to Trimdon
Where it’s coal that I will hew.

Archival information

TYG:
116
Key:
Gm
Time Signature:
6:8
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
The Grosmont Miner
Places Cited:
Grosmont,
Trimdon,
Cleveland,
Beckhole