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Thread #55979 Message #872959
Posted By: Noreen
23-Jan-03 - 12:27 PM
Thread Name: req/ADD: Prospect Providence Perseverance(Marsden)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: prospect, providence, perseverance
Lyrics can be found in Picking Sooty Blackberries and the song is on the Fellside recording Prospect Providence (now available on CD!)
More info at:http://www.cockersdale.com/
And from http://www.freenetpages.co.uk/hp/trg/focsle/cocker.htm :
Keith's songs will stand for many as a monument to a past era. 'Prospect' and 'Providence', along with 'Albert', 'Valley' and 'Crank', were the names of some of the mills that dominated Morley (near Leeds) in the boom years of the Industrial Revolution. As the subject of one of Marsden's best songs it is where:
"Fifty years man and boy have I worked the mills,
Though I never could stand the place.
But I got to the top by my own boot strap,
And not 'cos they liked me face.
And I made a good life for my child and wife,
I'd respect from me fellow men.
But the gaffer's giving me the gold watch next week
And he'd never see me again.
Prospect, Providence, Perseverance
Albert, Valley and Crank.
I passed me time in the dust and grime,
With never a word of thanks
Oh the wages were low and the hours were long,
And the gaffers were hard, lads, hard
But the last time's coming, thank God coming soon,
When I'll walk up the damned mill yard."