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Thread #143892   Message #3323777
Posted By: MGM·Lion
16-Mar-12 - 02:30 PM
Thread Name: Schooldays Over - sung by Chieftains
Subject: RE: Schooldays Over - sung by Chieftains
No reason to think of this one as in any way Irish, though. The three stanzas are set respectively in the Tyneside, Notts/Derby, and S Wales coalfields, where the boy is told respectively to prepare himself , in local dialect nomenclature, for life as a 'pitman', a 'collier', and a 'miner'. A wonderfully succinct summary of regional similarities and differences. A most accomplished piece of verse, in fact; and with a wonderful tune.

So I think it could surely be sung, and appreciated, anywhere, just for its intrinsic quality.