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Come all of you colliers who work in the mine

From England to Scotland, from Tees up to Tyne

I’ll sing you the song of the pound a week rise

And the men who were fooled by the government lies.


So it’s down you go, down below Jack

Where you never see the skies

And you’re working in you’re dungeon

For you’re pound a week rise.

In nineteen and sixty, a long time ago

The Mineworker’s leaders to Lord Robens did go

Saying, “We work very hard, every day we risk our lives

We ask you here and now for a pound a week rise.”


Then up spoke Lord Robens and made this decree

Saying, “When the output rises, then I’ll agree

To raise up your wages, give to you fair pay

I was once a miner’s man myself in my day.”


The miners they went homeward and worked hard and well

With their lungs filled with coal dust in the bosom of hell

The output rose fifteen per cent and eighteen and more

Till after two years had gone it rose above a score.


The Mineworkers leaders went for their hard-won prize

To ask Lord Robens for their pound a week rise

But Robens wouldn’t give a pound - he wouldn’t give ten bob

He gave them seven and six and said, “ Get back to your job.”


Come all of you colliers and heed what I say

Don’t believe Lord Robens when he says he’ll give fair pay

He’ll tell you to work hard and make the output rise

But you’ll get “pie in the sky” instead of a one pound rise.

Pound A Week Rise John Doyle & Liz Carroll Dick Gaughan The Paperboys Enoch Kent

Siobhan Miller