School Days Over, by Ewan McColl, sung by Mary Black | A Welsh mother’s lament

Posted: July 11, 2015 in Musings
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School Days Over, by Ewan McColl, sung by Mary Black.

A Welsh mother’s lament as she sends her very young sons to their first morning’s work down the pit at the turn of the 20th century.

This version is 1987 and Mary Black is playing “Schooldays Over” with the Chieftains.

LYRICS

Schooldays over, come on then John
Time to be getting your pit boots on
On with your sack and your moleskin trousers
Time you were on your way
Time you were learning the pitman’s job
And earning a pitman’s pay.

Come on then Jim, it’s time to go
Time you were working down below
Time to be handling a pick and shovel
You start at the pits today
Time to be learning the collier’s job
And earning a collier’s pay.

Come on then Dai, it’s nearly light
Time you were off to the anthracite
The morning mist is on the valley
It’s time you were on your way
Time you were learning the miner’s job
And earning a miner’s pay

Schooldays over, come on then John
Time to be getting your pit boots on
On with your sack and your moleskin trousers
Time you were on your way
Time you were learning the pitman’s job
And earning a pitman’s pay.

In researching the song by Ewan McColl I found an interesting history to it had been compiled in a blog elsewhere here: http://schooldaysover.tumblr.com

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