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It’s a working man l am
And I’ve been down under ground
And I swear to God if ever see the sun
Or for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again will go down under ground

At the age of sixteen years
Oh he quarrels with his peers
Who vowed they’d never see another one
In the dark recess of the mines
Where you age before your time
And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs


At the age of sixty-four
Oh he'll greet you at the door
And he'll gently lead you by the arm
Through the dark recess of the mines
Oh he'll take you back in time
And he'll tell you of the hardships that were had


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God I never again will go down under ground

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    UnregisteredMar 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    There is a third verse to the song where it repeats the chorus add this...
    At the age of 65 he prays to god hes still alive
    As the wheels above the mine no longer whine
    As they finally close that hole
    Where for years they clawed for coal
    Never again theyll go down underground
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    UnregisteredSep 7, 2012 at 9:50 am
    This song represents a struggle many people had daily. A visit tothe scottish mining museum is a worthy trip, i took mine and explained to them what people across the world still have to do to give us the energy we waste. Also why a proud hard working group were decimated in the 80's, sowing the seeds for the mess we have today.
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    UnregisteredMay 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    Working man is what my dad was at easington colliery. He was left with a legacy of illness which eventually claimed his life. He never wanted my two brothers to go and work down the mine. They went down with him but only on a visit to see what it was like. He would not take me down. I loved my dad and he worked hard l. He worked seven miles out under the north sea as a power loader, in sometimes horrible and dangerous working conditions. Like many other miners their were cut short long after the pits closed. If the pits were still open i truly cannot see the young lads and men of today working down there and some dont like hard work. If it wasnt for the old miners i dont know where we would be today. There is still a rich seam of coal (has been found when they have drilled cores for oil/gas)the north east coast but there is a fault in front of the seam which meant the mine would have to go deep down and under it. Dangerous and hard to do. I heard this song one week ago sung by an old ex miner called peter on a national bus trip on the 5th may 2012, by the time peter had finished singing, i was crying, as it also happened to be the anniversary of my dads death that day. The words say everything and the miners were brave. Christine, peterlee, co. Durhasm
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    UnregisteredApr 21, 2012 at 11:13 am
    This song was my parents favourite song of all time, sadly both my parents are in heaven. My dad died on the 25th january 2011, and my neice and her auntie played working man on the accordion at the funeral. It was extremely emotional, even the minister had tears in his eyes. Love you and miss you every day mum and dad. Always in my heart. X x
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    UnregisteredDec 4, 2011 at 1:27 am
    The mines certainly was a very good living... Although as a child at school with my dad down in the bowels of the earth i certainly was never was at ease, he told me of the hardships of being called to work to dig out his dead peers whom were crushed in a mine collapse... Etc also the strikes! His peers spitting on him calling him a scab. Thats now all past. But is it? Not for me it isn't! Still today i watch the men of my family fall to their gaves through the illness of the copd! Dad the latest. Now in the latter stages at age 56!... I tell ya what this song means to me... "i never will go down underground!! " no amount of money/wage is worth that hardship! Someday im taking my nursing leave to meet rita macneil at her tearoom. Shane, nottinghamshire. Uk.

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