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Heroes, British Heroes We sing of those soldiers and sailors The deeds they have done on the foam But what of the lads that work in the mine? Little of them do we know. They are heroes, British heroes Hearts that are true and brave Risking their lives for children and wives Down in the blackened cave Toiling for mere existence Where the sun does never shine Heaven protect those collier lads That work down in the mine The gallant deeds of these heroes Are deeds that no one can tell At Pretoria Pit and Whitehaven, too Many a brave collier fell With scarcely a moment's warning A cry it runs through the air Like wildfire it spreads - the pit is on fire With four hundred souls working there Alas, there's no hope for those miners No more can the rescuers do They die just like true British heroes For home, wife and children, too. From Shuttle and Cage, edited by Ewan MacColl SOF
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