Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vulcan said to Lucifer (Songs for Iron Workers)

John Tams and Barry Cooper sing "Goin' down to Steelo" and "Vulcan said to Lucifer"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzTQo1pkvxM&feature=related


VULCAN AND LUCIFER by JOHN TAMS

Vulcan sez to Lucifer, "Tha's fallen into t'neet
It's me as meks this valley ring and keeps these flames aleet".
Lucifer to Vulcan sez, "I'm still the gaffa here
I've signed up another demon and it's 'im you'll come to fear
So it's nowt to do wi' me owd lad." Vulcan sez "I know thee game
I bet Thatcher's got a hand in this." Sez Lucifer "For shame!"
"Come on Lucy, what's the beggar called?" He answered wi a grin
"Maggie sez his name's MacGregor. It wont be t'last you'll hear of 'im."



STEELOS
John Tams

I 'ad no choice, and if I 'ad, I'd still 'av chosen steel.
They can do their worst agenst us. They'll not change the way we feel.
Me father's father did it and I know it's all but gone.
There were a 100,000 of us along the Rother and the Don.

CHORUS: Goin' down to Steelo's, get mesen a start.
Dunna ler it cobble. It'll tear the place apart.
Catch it as it's comin', throw the bugger back,
Keep your tongs upon the metal and your eyes upon the track.

I got a start at Steelo's. Me dad put in a word.
His dad 'ad done the same for 'im. That's how the work got shared.
The mill roared like a dragon's den. The Tongmen prove their power
Catchin' white-hot metal comin' 40 mile an hour.

CHORUS: Goin' down to Steelo's, get mesen a start.
Dunna ler it cobble. It'll tear the place apart.
Catch it as it's comin', throw the bugger back,
Keep your tongs upon the metal and your eyes upon the track.

Publishing: Topic Records

(I love the imagery of the rolling mills and their flying white hot metal!)




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2 comments:

Kit and Kaboodle said...

Wonderful. I'm kind of ashamed to say my first introduction to John Tams was via Sharpe, but I've seen him live a couple of times since at various folk festivals and he never disappoints.

stag said...

No reason to be ashamed...I am trying to memorize the Sharpe song and can't get it because I start groovin' too much!