Ribbon Road lyrics

Coal in the Sea

Miners always had coal to burn - in the Strike they had none. They had to get what they could from spoil tips and from the sea - three teenagers, Darren & Paul Holmes and Paul Womersley, died picking coal... Now the coal is still washing up on the beach - all that is left of the once thriving coal industry in the North East, the community washed up, just like the sea coal.

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Coal in the Sea

Coal in the sea, that's all we can be
Waves pushing over wor heads
Just bits of black in the gold and the slack
Putting the baby to bed
Put the baby to bed now
It's all in your head now
Put the baby to sleep

Coal in the sea, edges made soft
From rolling and rattling around
Washed by the tide that breaks a man's pride
Lost with no ear to the ground
Hush, don't make a sound now
It's all in the ground now
It's all in the ground

Coal in the sea is no friend to me
Bringing it back to the edge
Butter and jam or tinned meat for tea
That's if we have any bread
If we have any bread now
Not already dead now
If we have any bread

Coal in the sea, lying for free
Left to the mermaids and stones
Nobody knows what people will see
Nobody knows the way home
Don't know the way home now
We're left on wor own now
Don't know the way home

Coal in the sea now it's all we can be
In summer it sticks in your toes
When your paddling and laughing
And letting it go for the kids
Put the baby to bed
Put the baby to bed now
It's already said now
Put the baby to sleep

Put the baby to bed now
It's already said now
Put the baby to sleep
Put the baby to sleep

We're just coal in the sea

© Brenda Heslop 2014

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