Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy Byker Hill cover

Byker Hill
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Released
Jul 5, 2004

Byker Hill Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
If I had another penny
I would have another gill
And I would make the piper play
The bonny lass of Byker Hill
Verse 2
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more, me boys
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more
Verse 3
Me, Ginny, she sits over late up
Me, Ginny, she sits over late up
Me, Ginny, she sits over late up
Between the pint pot and the cup
Verse 4
It's down the pits, we'll go me marrers
It's down the pits, we'll go me marrers
Well, try our wills and use our skill
To cut them ridges down below
Verse 5
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more, me boys
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more
Verse 6
Me, Ginny, she is never near
Me, Ginny, she is never near
And when I call out, "Where's me supper?"
She orders up another pint of beer
Verse 7
When first I come into the dirt
I had no trousers nor pit shirt
And now I've getting two or three
Walker Pit done well by me
Verse 8
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more, me boys
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more
Verse 9
Hey Ginny, come home to your little baby
Hey Ginny, come home to your little baby
Hey Ginny, come home to your little baby
With a pint of beer all under your arm
Verse 10
The poor coal cuttee gets two shillings
The deputy get half a crown
And the over man gets five and sixpence
That's just for riding up and down
Verse 11
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more, me boys
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more
Verse 12
Geordie Johnson had a pig
And he hit it with a shovel and it danced a jig
All the way to Byker Hill
He danced the Elsie Marley
Verse 13
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more, me boys
Byker Hill and Walker Shore, me lads
Collier lads for ever more
Verse 14

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