WHISKY PRIESTS

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Grandfatha's Fatha

 

When I was a young lad and had never known a job
I would visit my grandfather once a week
And I’d listen to his tales whilst sitting on his knee
But of his days at work he’d never speak

I found out that his father had died long ago
When granda was a young lad like mysel’
It was down the pit he died whilst working on the gang
There was a big explosion so they tell

They were cut off from the world
When the big cage doors were closed
They sang and talked to keep their spirits high
Then his father told the tale
Of when he’d met Old Nick Himself
And then he joked he’d see them all in Hell

They’d both left home together
They were both on the same long shift
And with the other men they piled into the cage
But the clanging of machinery as they descended down
Was warning them “you’re going to your graves”

When the cage reached the bottom
All the men clambered out
And like tiny ants they laboured in the gloom
Then an almighty bang rent the air
As the men began to shout
And the roof caved in to seal them in their tomb


They were cut off from the world
When the big cage doors were closed
They sang and talked to keep their spirits high
Then his father told the tale
Of when he’d met Old Nick Himself
And then he joked he’d see them all in Hell

No one knew what had happened
Until the dust began to settle
It looked like there’d been a battle
With the Devil down in Hell
My grandfather had been knocked unconscious
By a beam that had grazed his skull
While his father just lay lifeless where he fell

They’d brought him to the surface
By the time that he’d come round
Someone said “Son forget what happened
To you down there in the dark”
But his mind could never escape the horror
Of seeing his poor father die
In that dark hole that was called his place of work 


They were cut off from the world
When the big cage doors were closed
They sang and talked to keep their spirits high
Then his father told the tale
Of when he’d met Old Nick Himself
And then he joked he’d see them all in Hell 


And then he joked he’d see them all in Hell 



(Gary Miller)


© 1988 Whippet Records

Copyright Control MCPS/PRS

 

Releases (on Whippet Records unless otherwise stated)


Second Studio Version

Halcyon Days

Cassette EP (WPTC3) 1989


Original Studio Version

The First Few Drops

CD/Cassette (WPTCD5WPTC5) 1991

 
 


Original Studio Version

Bloody Well Everything!

12-Disc CD Box Set (WPTCD27) 2018


Second Studio Version

Bloody Well Everything!

12-Disc CD Box Set (WPTCD27) 2018


Live Version

Bloody Well Everything!

12-Disc CD Box Set (WPTCD27) 2018


Demo Version

Bloody Well Everything!

12-Disc CD Box Set (WPTCD27) 2018

 

Video clips

Live at Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, Germany, 3rd November 2018

Live at Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund, Germany, 2nd November 2018

 

Live at KiK, Ried im Innkreis, Austria, 31st October 2018

 

Live at Chelsea, Vienna, Austria, 30th October 2018

 

Live at Mezz, Breda, Netherlands, 28th October 2018

Live at 't Beest, Goes, Netherlands, 26th October 2018

 

Live at the Borderline, London, England, 19th October 2018

Live at Forum Music Centre, Darlington, England, 13th October 2018

 

Live at Markthalle, Hamburg, 10th October 1998.