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Joe Peel

Artist:June Tabor  Album:Always 

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Workington way, when lads left school, 'Twas just the pit and foundry beckoned, Young Joe went down to hew the coal, But not for long, so some folks reckoned. For Joe could tackle hard and Joe could run, He only needed time for growing, And soon he'd signed his name to play And to the city moved away. Now on the sports page he'd appear, The idol of the local lasses. Out on the field he played it fair While all the girls made forward passes. Until another match turned people's heads Jarrow lads v ruling classes. And with no future in it now It's home again and up The Brow. Back underground to hear no lark For thirty years from dawn till evening, Until the coal had left its mark And to the bank the earth returned him, No more to sweat his days out in the dark, Some years on top the dust had earned him. And all the while the sickness

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