The Dalesman's Litany

 
Performed by:
Ray Padgett
Recorded in:
Barnsley
Recorded on:
01/01/2006
Recorded by:
Ray Padgett
Genre:
Occupational
Keywords:
Children,
Factories,
Home,
Travel,
Mining,
Poverty
 

Archival information

TYG:
70
Key:
E Aeolian
Time Signature:
6/4
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
The Dalesman's Litany
Places Cited:
Barnsley,
Bradford,
Holbeck,
Halifax,
Hull,
Hunslet,
Keighley,
Leeds,
Sheffield

Lyrics

1
It’s hard when folks can’t find their work where they’ve been bred and born;
When I was young I always thowt I’d bide amang rooits and corn. (rooits = roots)
But I’ve been forced to work in towns so here’s my litany,
From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.

2
When I was courtin’ Mary Jane t’ old squire he says one day,
"I’ve got no room for wedded folk so wilt ta wed or stay?"
Well I couldn’t leave the lass I loved so to town we had to flee,
From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.

3
I’ve worked in Leeds and Huddersfield, I’ve addled honest brass,
At Bradford, Keighley, Rotherham, I’ve kept me bairns and lass;
I’ve travelled all three ridin’s round and once I went to sea.
From forges, mills and coalin’ boats, good Lord deliver me.

4
I’ve walked at neet down Sheffield lanes, ’t was the same as bein’ in Hell;
Furnaces thrust out tongues of fire that roared like wind on t’ fell;
I’ve sammed up coil in Barnsley pits wi’ muck upto me knees. (sammed up = picked up)
From Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, good Lord deliver me.

5
I’ve seen grey fog creep ovver Leeds Brig as thick as Bastille soup;
I’ve lived where folks have been stowed away like rabbits in a coop;
I’ve seen snow float down Bradford Beck as black as ebony.
From Hunslet, Holbeck, Wibsey Slack, good Lord deliver me.

6
Well now when all our children have flown, to the country we’ve come back;
There’s forty miles of heathery moor ’twixt us and coilpit stack;
And often as I sit by the fire at neet I laugh and I shout with glee,
From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.

Archival information

TYG:
70
Key:
E Aeolian
Time Signature:
6/4
Roud id:
0
Laws id:
Master title:
The Dalesman's Litany
Places Cited:
Barnsley,
Bradford,
Holbeck,
Halifax,
Hull,
Hunslet,
Keighley,
Leeds,
Sheffield