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GUEST,henryp Mining songs NOT about coal? (48) RE: Mining songs NOT about coal? 05 Sep 22


BOULBY MINE Words, Brian and Ray Edwards; music, Bob Skingle
A potash mine in the North Yorkshire Moors, England

I served me time on Tyneside as a welder in the yards.
I did me share and laid the metal down
Till the day when Shuffling Billy sadly told me "Get your cards"
And I blew me packet at the Rose and Crown.

CHORUS: So pack me duffle, Mary, my old darling.
I'm sick of standing waiting in a line.
The yards are laying off from here to Tyneside,
So I'm going to try me luck at Boulby Mine.

They told me there's a fortune to me made down on the moors
Where they're digging out the potash by the ton.
They're tunnelling like rabbits with their power-driven claws.
They'll have tunnelled clear to Poland 'fore they're done.

Me father told me, "Laddie, you must go and learn a trade.
I don't want you lying on your back like me,
For the only tools I've mastered are a pick-axe and a spade,
But now the mine has got the best of me."


Potash Song written by Graham Walker, sung by Vin Garbutt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o-rHkdg6JM Potash Song
You'll certainly need help with the words!

When you're digging out the ash, you're raking in the cash
You might think you're doing very well, well, well
When you're underneath the sea, where no man ought to be
Like knocking on the deepest door of hell


Callao is a port town adjacent to Lima, Peru on the west coast of South America. In Spanish it is pronounced KAI-oh, but the British sailors called it KALLY-oh. It is one of the centres of the guano trade. Tyntesfield, the stately home outside Bristol, was rebuilt on the proceeds of the guano trade.

Guano is the solidified droppings of seabirds. As a manure, guano is a highly effective fertilizer due to its exceptionally high content of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. Guano was also, to a lesser extent, sought for the production of gunpowder and other explosive materials. The guano mining process resulted in ecological degradation through the loss of millions of seabirds.

Round the Corner, Sally - Halyard Shanty, Traditional

We’re leaving sunny Mexico
Round The Corner, Sally!
All around Cape Horn we’ll go.
Round The Corner, Sally!
Chorus:
Round The Corner is a long, long way, to Valipo and Callao Bay,
Round The Corner we must roam, we don’t care if we never go home.

Saltpetre Shanty Traditional (Collected by Stan Hugill).
(Recorded by Tom Lewis on Poles Apart)

To old Callao we are bound away - HO ROLL
To old Callao we are bound away - HO ROLL

We're bound away to Valipo Bay,
Where those flash senoritas will grab all our pay.
HO, ROLL, ROCK YOUR BARS,
HEAVE HER HI-O, ROCK HER, OH ROLL.

Old Pedro the crimp, boys, you know him of old
He's priming his vino and doping his beer,
To the Chinchas he'll ship us if we don't steer clear.

Them flash girls of Chile they cannot be beat
They'll greet us and love us and treat us to wine,
But we know they are robbing us most of the time.

Serafina, Halyard Shanty

In Callao there lives a gal Whose name is Serafina
Serafina! Serafina!
She sleeps all day and 'works' all night On the old Cally Marina
Serafina! Oh, Serafina!

When I was young an' in me prime, I first met Serafina
Serafina! Serafina!
In Callao we saw the sights An' then went up to Lima.
Serafina! Oh, Serafina!


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