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Down In A Coal Mine:
Lyrics, Chords and Lead Sheet

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Music excerpt (click on image for pdf version in A, Bb and C)

Down In A Coal Mine 

Lyrics:

A
I am a jovial collier lad

As blithe as blithe can be
                              F#m
And let the times be good or bad
     B7                   E
It's all the same to me
       E7              A
It's little of the world I know
        D                    E7
And care less for its ways
      A
For where the Dog Star never glows
   D          E7        A
I wear a - way my days

Refrain:
A       D       A            D                    A
Down in the coal mine, underneath the ground
A                        A          D                 E7
Where a gleam of sunshine never can be found
A                                          D                    E7
Digging up the dusky diamonds all the seasons round
A      D       A             D          E7          A
Down in the coal mine, under - neath the ground


Me hands are horny, hard and black
Through working in the vein
And like the clothes upon me back
My speech is rough and plain
And if I stumble with my tongue
I've one excuse to say
It's not the collier's heart that's wrong
It's his head that goes astray


How little do the great ones care
Who sit at home secure
What hidden dangers collier's dare
What hardships they endure
The very fire they sit beside
To cheer themselves and wives
Mayhap was kindled up at cost
Of jovial miners lives


Then cheer up lads and make the most
Of every joy you can
And always make your murphy's such
As best befits a man
For let the times be good or bad
We'll still be jovial souls
For where would Britain be
Without the lads who look for coals

 

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