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Thread #59310   Message #944355
Posted By: MMario
01-May-03 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: A Prince among Men (Andy Irvine)
Subject: ADD:a prince among men (andy irvine)
Lyrics and audio file here at Cantaria.

(Words and music by Andy Irvine)

    His dad was a miner and his granddad was too
    There was never much question about what he might do
    By the age of thirteen he had laid down his pen
    And become a coal-miner and a prince among men.

    My goal as a young lad from a bright early age
    Was to follow my hero down in that cage
    Fairy lights and Pit Ponies were the stuff of my dreams
    Never thinking how hard my dad worked at the seam

    Only a miner killed under the ground
    Only a miner and one more is found
    Killed by accident no one can tell
    Your mining's all over, poor miner, farewell.

    Dad worked like a Trojan his money to save
    I'm afraid that he worked himself into his grave
    And my schooling was paid at the cost of his lungs
    Dad was an old man at the age of forty-one.

    I never will forget how his face lit with pride
    When I got my diploma, he was there by my side
    And I try to remember him as he was then
    A rare moment of joy for a prince among men.

    A gold watch and chain inscribed James Doyle
    Never seemed much reward for a life of such toil
    But I keep his lamp burning and his old union card
    And his bones rest here in this sunlit graveyard.

    My dad was a miner and a prince among men
    Well loved by his wife and his family and friends
    And his hardship and toil gave me the one chance I had
    And generations of slavery died with my dad.