Ribbon Road lyrics

Daddy For You

The Miner's Strike of 1984/5 was over 30 years ago but the past, good and bad, is ever-present in Horden and all the places like it. This song is the true story of a little girl whose Dad was a striking miner in those days. Life was harsh, hungry and cold, her Mam and Dad were not getting on and she was very sad. One day she pushed her money box over the table and said ‘Daddy, for you'; he has no money, so she wanted him to have hers to make things alright again.

Thanks to Terry for the story

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Daddy For You

Chorus
Daddy for you
Take it, it's for you
All the money in the box
You and Mam can have the lot
To make you smile for a while
Like you used to do

I miss you in the morning, waking us for school
I miss your dirty duds about
And you playing the fool
I miss me Mam singing, brushing out her hair
I miss us all laughing
When you catch her unawares

Chorus
Daddy for you
Take it, it's for you
All the money in the box
You and Mam can have the lot
To make you smile for a while
Like you used to do

I miss you being at work, feeling safe and sound
Knowing you'll be coming back
That you're just underground
I miss the sun that shines on me out through your eyes
It's dull and grey on strike today
And sometimes Mam just cries

Chorus
Daddy for you
Take it, it's for you
All the money in the box
You and Mam can have the lot
To make you smile for a while
Like you used to do

I miss the life we had before it all went wrong
I even miss the washing day
With the tumble drier on
Me uncle comes around to help us all get by
But when he cannot cheer us up
A tear runs in his eye

Chorus
Daddy for you
Take it, it's for you
All the money in the box
You and Mam can have the lot
To make you smile for a while
Like you used to do

Daddy for you
Take it, it's for you
All the money in the box
You and Mam can have the lot
To make you smile for a while
Like you used to do
To make you smile for a while
Like you used to do

© Words and Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)

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