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Lyr Req: Mining Union song from North-East

GUEST,Yew88 04 May 11 - 12:11 PM
Dave Sutherland 05 May 11 - 03:24 AM
GUEST,Yew88 15 May 11 - 02:07 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Mining Union song from North-East
From: GUEST,Yew88
Date: 04 May 11 - 12:11 PM

At the Bristol Folk Festival I recently heard a fellow sing a Coal Miners song, written sometime in the 1960s. The chorus went something along the lines of

"There will be no more Redundancies
Work for all in seams beneath the sea
For the AGM and all it's men, hip hip horay"

Not to sure about that last line, but it definately mentioned "no more redundancy" and "seams beneath the sea." The fellow who sang it said it was extremely popular at Newcastle folk sessions, which many former colliers attended. I have been frustrated by failing to find it via google. Anyone familiar with it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mining Union song from North-East
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 05 May 11 - 03:24 AM

It does ring a distant bell from years gone by (possibly "For the NUM and all its men"?)
It could be worth checking out the works of Jock Purdon as it could be one of his.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mining Union song from North-East
From: GUEST,Yew88
Date: 15 May 11 - 02:07 PM

I think you might be right about it being Jock Purdon, his Wikipedia page mentions a song called "the Cotia Banner", and I beleive this song involved a banner being carried. I Can't find the lyrics to "the Cotia Banner" though, apart from the first verse:

Unfurl the 'Cotia banner boys
Where are the rebels bold
That marched behind the banner
On Gala days of old
It was once said
That they were red
Black listed I've been told

Does anyone have the full words to it?


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