Johnny Miner

Words & Music : Ed Pickford
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

Johnny Miner, you were born
Never to see the rising dawn
Now it's time that you were gone
Farewell, Johnny Miner

Farewell Durham, Yorkshire too
Nottingham the same to you
Scotland, South Wales bid adieu
Farewell, Johnny Miner

You've battled with the sliding scale
Lungs turned black and faces pale
Now your body's up for sale
Farewell, Johnny Miner

They've promised you the earth sometimes
To get coal from the stinking mines
Now the justice for their crimes is
Farewell, Johnny Miner

Cheer up, John, don't take it hard
Unemployment isn't bad
They'll treat you well in the knacker's yard
Farewell, Johnny Miner


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