Sting - We Work the Black Seam Lyrics

Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles cover art
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This place has changed for good
Your economic theory said it would
It's hard for us to understand
We can't give up our jobs the way we should
Our blood has stained the coal
We tunneled deep inside the nation's soul
We matter more than pounds and pence
Your economic theory makes no sense

One day in a nuclear age
They may understand our rage
They build machines that they can't control
And bury the waste in a great big hole
Power was to become cheap and clean
Grimy faces were never seen
Deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
We work the black seam together
We work the black seam together

The seam lies underground
Three million years of pressure packed it down
We walk through ancient forest lands
And light a thousand cities with our hands
Your dark satanic mills
Have made redundant all our mining skills
You can't exchange a six inch band
For all the poisoned streams in Cumberland
Your economic theory makes no sense

One day in a nuclear age
They may understand our rage
They build machines that they can't control
And bury the waste in a great big hole
Power was to become cheap and clean
Grimy faces were never seen
Deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
We work the black seam together
We work the black seam together

Should the children weep
The turning world will sing their souls to sleep
When you have sunk without a trace
The universe will suck me into place

One day in a nuclear age
They may understand our rage
They build machines that they can't control
And bury the waste in a great big hole
Power was to become cheap and clean
Grimy faces were never seen
But deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
We work the black seam together
We work the black seam together
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
  • 2 Love Is the Seventh Wave
  • 3 Russians
  • 4 Children's Crusade
  • 5 Shadows in the Rain
  • 6 We Work the Black Seam
  • 7 Consider Me Gone
  • 8 The Dream of the Blue Turtles
  • 9 Moon Over Bourbon Street
  • 10 Fortress Around Your Heart


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Gordon Sumner
    album: Track 6 in album The Dream of the Blue Turtles
    release date: 1985-6-1
    popularity : 68 users have visited this page.
    genres: Jazz Rock Reggae Funk / Soul
    styles: Jazz-Rock/Pop Rock/Jazzdance/Smooth Jazz
    length: 5:43
    producer: Sting and Pete Smith
    drums: Omar Hakim
    vocal: Sting
    engineer: Jim Scott and Pete Smith
    bass: Darryl Jones
    background vocals: Dolette McDonald and Janice Pendarvis
    guitar: Sting
    keyboard: Kenny Kirkland
    saxophone: Branford Marsalis
    additional synclavier: Danny Quatrochi
    composer: Sting
    lyricist: Sting
    Album Information
    label: A&M Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 075021375017
    script: Latin