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 Ed Pickford © prs


March of 1984 - Miners’ Strike began

Coal sat waiting on death row - saving him was the plan

One long year of sacrifice - women, kids and men

Standing strong on the picket line - supporting the N.U.M.


Money walks and money talks - money never yields

Money buys the uniforms - carrying riot shields

That’s the way it’s always been - maybe always will

Money killed the miners’ strike - like money killed Joe Hill

     

Early March of 1985 - Miners’ Strike was done

Those who’d kept that flame alive - matched to work as one

Every step a memory  - of that year gone by

Raged against the dying fight - but every head held high


Chorus:

Heads held high

Heads held high

Marching back to the sound of bands

And banners in the sky

Heads held high.


Michael Ross, South Shields man - marched to work that day

Miner at the Westoe pit - put his thoughts this way

I was called me the enemy - let me make this plain

I fought for my family - I’d do the same again


Chorus:


T-shirt army is no more - mining’s almost gone

Memories of ’84 - still go marching on

Those who lost and bore the cost - tossed away to die

Ozymandias is dead - but why should miners cry?



To finish:

Why should miners cry?

Why should miners cry?

Ozymandias is dead

Why should miners cry




Heads Held High