"The Colliers" as written by Seth Bernard Lakeman and Traditional,....
You've heard of the great disaster
Where a terrible price was paid.
One hundred and forty colliers lost, and
twenty only saved.
Down in the ground they`re lying
With a dirt so thick inside.

There were many lost in the dark and
dust
When the colliers called out
"Hold your fire!"

The gas in the old deep section
Packed like a wintery drift.
And many a man had a blackened face
before he'd finished his shift.
The manager had been told
"Don`t fire that shot, we'll die!"

There were many lost in the dark and
dust
When the colliers called out
"Hold your fire!"

The firemen report their missing,
Some say forty days.
The manager he ignored them to cover
his criminal ways.
Now down in the dark they're lying
With a dirt so thick inside.

There were many lost in the dark and
dust
When the colliers called out
"Hold your fire!"

The family sent white lillies,
And paid for their Sunday best,
And the manager found, well all comes
down
The colliers had their rest.
We`ll go one more time unto the mine
To hear those colliers cry!

There were many lost in the dark and
dust
When the colliers called out
"Hold your fire!"


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    Song MeaningThis is a fairly straight-forward song. It is clearly a reference to the 1934 Gresford coal mine disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… In fact, many of the lines were directly taken from a song that was written soon after the disaster.

    The Gresford Disaster

    (Lyrics: "Anonymous")....
    You've heard of the Gresford Disaster,
    Of the terrible price that was paid;
    Two hundred and sixty-four colliers were lost,
    And three men of the rescue brigade.
    It occurred in the month of September
    At three in the morning the pit
    Was racked by a violent explosion
    In the Dennis where gas lay so thick.
    Now the gas in the Dennis deep section
    Was packed there like snow in a drift,
    And many a man had to leave the coal-face
    Before he had worked out his shift.
    Now a fortnight before the explosion,
    To the shotfirer Tomlinson cried,
    "If you fire that shot we'll be all blown to hell!"
    And no one can say that he lied.
    Now the fireman's reports they are missing
    The records of forty-two days;
    The collier manager had them destroyed
    To cover his criminal ways.
    Down there in the dark they are lying.
    They died for nine shillings a day;
    They have worked out their shift and now they must lie
    In the darkness until Judgement Day.
    Now the Lord Mayor of London's collecting
    To help out the children and wives;
    The owners have sent some white lilies
    To pay for the poor colliers' lives.
    Farewell, all our dear wives and our children
    Farewell, all our comrades as well,
    Don't send your sons down the dark dreary mine
    They'll be doomed like the sinners in hell.
    platedlizon October 01, 2012   Link

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