Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

 

Shut Doon The Waggon Works

 

Original Lyrics

Revised Lyrics

The lights are going out on the edge of Ghost Town
As a coldness penetrates through curtained windows
For the colliery streets shed no warmth light or heat
There is no joy or friendship here in winter

As me and my marrers go to get ourselves a pint
All we get are looks which make us shiver
For the people have changed though the place still looks the same
But the waggons don't run here anymore

Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


There are jobs up for grabs in other parts I hear
While our village has been scrapped through lack of care
They've decided to scrap jobs in the places they matter most
Though the towers still belch their smoke into the air 


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


The lights are going out on the edge of Ghost Town
As a coldness penetrates through curtained windows
For the colliery streets shed no warmth light or heat
There is no joy or friendship here in winter


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


(Gary Miller)

© 1989 Whippet Records
Copyright Control MCPS/PRS

Lights are going out on the edge of a ghost town

That once was the railway’s shining crown

A hundred and fifty years of tradition down the pan

We thought that we never could go down


To look across this valley, so green amidst the grey

And to think that this is where it all began

From Locomotion No.1 to the latest high speed train

And every piece of rolling stock that ever ran


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


We supplied the world turning profit year by year

Now our town has been scrapped and left to die

They can deprive us of investment but not deprive us of our hope

For this community is strong and will survive


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


The lights have gone out on the heart of our ghost town

But the lights have not gone out on its soul

Like a phoenix from the ashes see it rise and fly again

Triumphant, reborn, and on a roll


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


Times are hard in this world when you get put out of work

The people up in power have shut down the waggon works


(Gary Miller)


© 2017 Whippet Records

Copyright Control MCPS/MCPS

 

Releases (on Whippet Records unless otherwise stated)


Original Studio Version

The Whisky Priests

"Volnitza" [Various Artists Compilation]

2xLP (1 in 12006/7, One in 12 Records) 1989


Second Studio Version

The Whisky Priests

Nee Gud Luck

CD/Cassette/LP

(WPTCD4/WPTCD4/WPT4) 1989

 


Plastic Bomb [Various Artists]
CD (Plastic Bomb Zum Heft #39) 2002
 

Video Clips

The Whisky Priests performing 'Shut Doon The Waggon Works'
live at Kalaka Folk Festival, Miscolc, Hungary, on 12th July 1992.