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Easington

 

Original Lyrics

Revised Lyrics

We prayed for a new day dawning
On a village shrouded in grey
Where people spend their dole lives
Waiting day by day
Waiting oh so patiently
For good luck to come along
But that would be like finding gold
On the streets of Easington

Little bairns with mucky faces
Playing in the colliery streets
Reminds us of our childhood years
Oh they were so sweet
Me and Mary Walker
Were going to be wed
But you lose all hope and love
When all your dreams are dead

But let's not hang our sorrows
On the gates of misery
We'll get the bairns up laughing
And we'll sing
We'll show there's joy in Easington

We'll show there's joy in Easington

From the outer villages
To the beaches by the rocks
The old men who degrade themselves
Stoop to pick the black
For what was once their livelihood
Has laid their land to waste
But there are no inner cities here
Where the slag surrounds the coast

But let's not drown our sorrows
On the dregs of misery
We'll get the lasses drinking
And we'll sing
We'll show there's joy in Easington 

We'll show there's joy in Easington

From the broken windows
Of the houses in the night
You can see the pit-head pulley wheel
In the lamplight burning bright
But what about the young lad
Who must leave the town where he was born
It never can be easy
When your heart is in that town

But let's not dwell on sorrow
Let's not think of misery
We'll get the old folks dancing
And we'll sing
We'll show there's joy in Easington 

We'll show there's joy in Easington

(Gary Miller)


© 1992 Whippet Records

Copyright Control MCPS/PRS

We prayed for a new day dawning
On a village shrouded in grey
Where people spent their dole lives
Waiting day by day
Waiting oh so patiently
For good luck to come along
But that was just like finding gold
On the streets of Easington

Little bairns with mucky faces
Playing in the colliery streets
Remind us of our childhood years
So innocent, so sweet
Full of joy and happiness
Before the pain ahead
Before our hopes were shattered
Before our dreams lay dead

But let's not hang our sorrows
On the gates of misery
We'll get the bairns up laughing
And we'll sing
We'll show there's joy in Easington

We'll show there's joy in Easington


From the outer villages
To the beaches coaly black
Shadow-folk by dusk and dawn
Stoop to fill a sack
For what had been their livelihood
Came to lay their land to waste
But there were no inner cities rising
By this slag-strewn the coast

But let's not drown our sorrows
On the dregs of misery
We'll get the lasses drinking
And we'll sing
We'll show there's joy in Easington 

We'll show there's joy in Easington


From the broken windows
Of the houses in the night
You can see the pit-head pulley wheel
Silhouetted by moonlight
Now the land is rolling green
Its coal town days are done
The tide has turned, the tide runs clean
Beneath a brand new sun

But let's not dwell on sorrow
Let's not think of misery
We'll get the old folks dancing
And we'll sing
We'll show there's joy in Easington 

We'll show there's joy in Easington


(Gary Miller)


© 2005 Whippet Records

Copyright Control MCPS/PRS

 

Releases (on Whippet Records unless otherwise stated)


Original Studio Version

Timeless Street

CD / Cassette / Vinyl LP

(WPTCD6 / WPTCD6 / WPT6) 1992


Live Version

Bloody Well Live!

CD / Cassette (WPTCD7 / WPTC7) 1993

 

Video clips

Live at Kalaka Folk Festival, Miscolc, Hungary, 12th July 1992.