Songs of Dawdon Pit

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1.
TUNE: The Lambton Worm

Hush lads had thee gob ar'l tell yer arl an arful story
Hush lads had thee gob an' ar'l tell yer aboot the mole.

To Dawdon Colliery Thyssens came an' brung with 'em a mole
Its an arful fearsome lukin' thing wi' which to drive a hole
Thar's Jarmans, Welshmen, Yorkshire lads an' fella's off the dole
Thats drivin' this monster oot te sea, towards war cokin' coal.

Hush lad had thee gob ar'l tell yer arl an arful story
Hush lads had thee gob an' ar'l tell yer aboot the mole.

Noo Thyssens' men a' deem arl reet, they pay a lot o' tax
Still they divvent get owt for nowt they nivver can relax
An' if betimes they get oot o' line there's nee Depitation Agenda
Disputes for them just don't exist they're settled by the nose benda.

Hush lads had thee gob ar'l tell yer arl an arful story
Hush lads had thee gob an' ar'l tell yer aboot the mole.

Te these canny lads we'd like to give a wee bit o' advice
Watch yersels, an' dee whats reet an' divvent be pit mice
We waddent like te see any o' yer ivver cum te grief
There's ne carl at arl te smash yersels or Rarfie's perminent Relief.

Hush lad had thee gob ar'l tell yer an an arful story
Hush lads had thee gob an' ar'l tell yen aboot the mole.

Ye've a lang way to gan wi' that 12 foot span a churning oot that muck
An' arl the bonnie Dawdon lads wish ye's the best o' luck
Its up to ye's - but am warnin yer - ye'd better win the cup
Or wor 'Monster' at bank an' the one below 'ill turn an' gobble yer up.

Hush lads had thee gob ar'l tell yer arl an arful story
Hush lads had thee gob an' an'l tell yer aboot the mole.

2.
KEEP YOUR LAMP LIT GEORDIE HINNY
TUNE: Keep ye feet still Geordie hinny

Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad
An' divvent let it gan oot doon the drift
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad
An' ye can test fer gas 3 times a shift.

Now deep doon i' the coal mine dangerous gases lie asleep
An' fra oot o'l gob an' brikkers they dee seep
But the proper use of ye detector
In iviry working sector
Ye'll not leave a wife an' bairns alone to weep.

Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad
An' divvent let it gan oot doon the drift
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad
An' ye can test fer gas 3 times a shift.

If ye lamp shoud gan oot hinny divvent leave it way back-by
Cos to pinch it some sly rogue will hev a try
An' hard lines tho'it may be
Its ye that'll hetter pay
£5 or more 'll make ye bonnie missus cry.

Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad
An' divvent let it gan oot doon the drift
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny
Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad
An' ye can test fer gas 3 times a shift.

3.
TUNE: Blaydon Races

Ah went te Dawdon Colliery 'twas on the tenth o' June
Nineteen hundred an seventy fower on a summers efternoon
Ah tuk a bus fra Deneside me heart heavy wi' forebodin'
Neet shift is a lousy shift e'en when yer on Power Loadin'.

Chorus: Oh! me lads ye shud see 'em gannin
The shears fra the 'retreaters' leave the advancin faces stannln
The way 'em lads flee aboot the'll end up wi thrombosis
An if yer dinna wear yer dust mask ye'll get Pneumoconiosis.

Noo when yer in the night shift yer nivver naw where yer gannin
If yer on the 'miners' they arlways seem to leave 'em stannin
They shuv ye on somebody else's caunch - ye feel it is a snub
'Specially when the fella that shood be there is drinkin i' the Club.

Chorus: Oh! me lads ye shud see 'em gannin
The shears fra the 'retreaters' leave the advancin faces stannln
The way 'em lads flee aboot the'll end up wi thrombosis
An if yen dinna wear yer dust mask ye'll get Pneumoconiosis.

Ah arlways gan fer an X-ray when it comes roond wor way
But ah naw if ah gan what the doctor's ganna say
Yis ye've got the 'dust' me lad - o' that there's definite traces
Yit wor 'Ruler' the Computer says that wi ha' dust approved faces.

Chorus: Oh! me lads ye shud see 'em gannin
The shears fra the 'retreaters' leave the advancin faces stannln
The way 'em lads flee aboot the'll end up wi thrombosis
An if yen dinna wear yer dust mask ye'll get Pneumoconiosis.

Mind we can play wor part by seein' te the working of arl sprays
An' that we divvent cut top n' bottom an' the shearer level stays
An' when the dust comes thick an' heavy, divvent stand there chokin
Weer yer dust mask an' ye'll delay that final last cage token.

Chorus: Oh! me lads ye shud see 'em gannin
The shears fra the 'retreaters' leave the advancin faces stannln
The way 'em lads flee aboot the'll end up wi thrombosis
An if yen dinna wear yer dust mask ye'll get Pneumoconiosis.

4.
BIG GEORDIE GRAY
TUNE: Cushie Butterfield

I'll tell ye a sad story of big Geordie Gray
Its fair shocking the way that this lad went astray
One dismal Monday foreshift, in the merry month of May
He went down the 'Pit', but never saw another day.

Chorus: He was a big lad and a bonnie lad
An' he liked his beor
He forgot his self rescuer
An' now he's not heor.

It was just after bait time - they had to run for their lives
And run hard they did for their bairns and their wives
Big Geordie ran like hell - just like the rest
But on reaching those 'fumes', poor Geordie went west.

Chorus: He was a big lad and a bonnie lad
An' he liked his beor
He forgot his self rescuer
An' now he's not heor.

Geordie's marra's got to bank - all safe and all sound
And along with the Manager the reason they found
As to why poor Geordie will never come back
His 'self rescuer' was lying unused in its rack.

Chorus: He was a big lad and a bonnie lad
An' he liked his beor
He forgot his self rescuer
An' now he's not heor.

The moral of this story is as clear as day
Always carry your rescuer - don't hide it away
A bloody nuisance it might be - but I hope and pray
Ye'll not all gan the same way as Big Geordie Gray.

Chorus: He was a big lad and a bonnie lad
An' he liked his beor
He forgot his self rescuer
An' now he's not heor.

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The above songs are believed to have been written by Ernie Taylor, Union Secretary at Dawdon Pit. Thus the cautionary tone. Thus also, the critical assessment of Thyssons, outside contractors brought in to check the feasibility of reaching coal beyond a break in the strata offshore.