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The Blackleg Miners Oh, early in the evenin', just after dark, The blackleg miners creep te wark, Wi' their moleskin trousers an' dorty short, There go the backleg miners ! They take their picks an' doon they go Te dig the coal that lies belaw, An' there's not a woman in this toon-aw* Will look at a blackleg miner. Oh, Delaval is a terrible place. They rub wet clay in a blackleg's face, An' roond the pit-heaps they run a foot Wi' the dorty blackleg miners. Now, don't go near the Seghill mine. Across the way they stretch a line, Te catch the throat an' break the spine O' the dorty backleg miners. They'll take your tools an' duds as well, An' hoy them doon the pit o' hell. It's doon ye go, an' fare ye well, Ye dorty blackleg miners ! Se join the union while ye may. Don't wait till your dyin' day, For that may not be far away, Ye dorty blackleg miners ! *toon-raw = town-row Note: A black-leg is a scab. From Folk Song in England, LLoyd RG
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