Six Jolly Miners

 
Performed by:
Lou Wroe
Recorded in:
Charltonbrook
Recorded on:
29/05/1975
Recorded by:
Ruairidh Greig
Genre:
Ritual
Keywords:
Cadging,
Children,
Christmas,
Mining
 

Archival information

TYG:
61
Key:
Eb
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
877
Laws id:
Master title:
Six Jolly Miners
Places Cited:
Derby,
Oughtibridge,
Charltonbrook

Lyrics

1
Six jolly miners, we’re not worth a pin,
But when we get a bit o’ coil we’ll make the kettle sing.

Chorus
We’ll riddle and we’ll fiddle and make the earth go round,
If you don’t mind your troubles you will have a motty down,
If you don’t mind your troubles you will have a motty down.

2
Two came from Derby and two from Derby town,
The others came from Uttibridge, they all came firing down.

Coil = coal
Motty = pierced metal tally which miners exchanged for their coal allowance.
Uttibridge = Oughtibridge, a couple of miles south-west of Charltonbrook.
‘they all came firing down’ is an interesting mishearing of ‘men of high renown’ which in other local versions has been rationalized to ‘they all came rolling down’.

Archival information

TYG:
61
Key:
Eb
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
877
Laws id:
Master title:
Six Jolly Miners
Places Cited:
Derby,
Oughtibridge,
Charltonbrook