Seven Nations The Pound a Week Rise Lyrics

Old Ground Track Listing
  • 1 Colonel Fraser / The Big Parcel / Elzik's Farewell
  • 2 No Reason
  • 3 The Pound a Week Rise
  • 4 Scream
  • 5 Trumpan / Clare Jig / The Gaitha / Fiddlehead
  • 6 God
  • 7 Canadee-i-o
  • 8 Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle / Christo Wraps the Reichstag / The Kilt is My Delight / Maggie's Pancakes
  • 9 Green
  • 10 Ye Jacobites by Name / The Rights of Man
  • 11 Men of Argyll / Old Ground
  • The Pound a Week Rise
    (E. Pickford)

    Come all you colliers who work down the mine
    From Scotland to south Wales from Teesdale to Tyne
    I'll sing you a song about the pound a week rise
    And the men who were fooled by the government's lies

    And it's down you go
    Down below, Jack
    Where you never see the skies
    And you're workin' in a dungeon
    For your pound a week rise

    In 19 and 60 a few years ago
    The mineworkers' leaders to Lord Robbins did go
    Sayin' "We work very hard, every day we risk our lives,
    And we ask you here and now for a pound a week rise."


    Well up spoke Lord Robbins and he made this decree
    He said "When the out-put rises, with you I will agree
    I'll raise up all your wages, I'll give to you fair pay
    For I once a miner and I worked hard in my day"

    The miners they went home, they worked hard and well
    Their lungs filled with coal dust in the bosom of hell
    The out-put rose by fifteen, eighteen percent and more
    And when two years had passed and gone it rose about a score

    The miners they went, to get their hard earned prize
    They asked Lord Robbins for their pound a week rise
    Robbins wouldn't give a pound he wouldn't give ten bob
    He gave 'em seven and six and saing "Now get back to your jobs!"

    So come all you colliers, take heed what I say
    Don't believe Lord Robbins when he says he'll give fair pay
    He'll tell you to work hard and make the out- put rise
    But you'll get pie in the sky instead of a pound a week rise Lyrics © OBO APRA/AMCOS

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