Blackleg Miner Song Lyrics

Steeleye Span


album: Track 4 in album Hark! The Village Wait
release date: 1970
popularity : 55 users have visited this page.
length: 2:47
writer: [traditional]

Album Information

label: RCA Victor
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Steeleye Span Hark! The Village Wait cover art


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It's in the evening after dark
When the blackleg miner creeps to work,
With his moleskin pants and dirty shirt,
There goes the blackleg miner.
Well, he grabs his duds and down he goes,
To hew the coal that lies below,
There's not a woman in this town row
Will look at the blackleg miner.
Oh, Delaval is a terrible place,
They rub wet clay in the blackleg's face,
And around the heaps they run a footrace
To catch the blackleg miner.
And even down near the Seghill mine,
Across the way they stretch a line
To catch the throat, to break the spine


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 A Calling-On Song
  • 2 The Blacksmith
  • 3 Fisherman's Wife
  • 4 Blackleg Miner
  • 5 Dark-Eyed Sailor
  • 6 Copshawholme Fair
  • 7 All Things Are Quite Silent
  • 8 The Hills of Greenmore
  • 9 My Johnny Was a Shoemaker
  • 10 Lowlands of Holland
  • 11 Twa Corbies
  • 12 One Night as I Lay on My Bed