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

 

Old Duck's Main

 

Lyrics

We are the working lads

Of Old Duck’s Main

We’ve bored holes and lined the walls

In sunshine and in rain

Some of us are barely men

And some are barely sane

But all of us are working lads

At Old Duck’s Main


Fill the bucket with black diamonds

Then winch the load away

Lower them into tubs

And send them down the waggonway

Later in the pub

You can drink away the pain

Then it’s back again next morning

To Old Duck’s Main


Through Chilton Moor and then Dubmire

On flimsy wooden rails

Through Sedgeletch to Newbottle

And finally to the staithes

To be loaded on a keel

At New Lambton by the Wear

Then on towards the coast

Where a collier ship draws near


Fill the bucket with black diamonds

Then winch the load away

Lower them into tubs

And send them down the waggonway

Later in the pub

You can drink away the pain

Then it’s back again next morning

To Old Duck’s Main


Johnny leads the horses

But he’s lost his mind they say

For he swears he met the Devil

Just the other day

He fought him and he beat him

But the Devil’s here to stay

For the Devil’s in the bottle

Johnny clings to every day


Fill the bucket with black diamonds

Then winch the load away

Lower them into tubs

And send them down the waggonway

Later in the pub

You can drink away the pain

Then it’s back again next morning

To Old Duck’s Main


While up at Rainton Hall

Sits our employer Sir John Duck

You’ll never see him swing a pick

Or down amongst the muck

He’s got other pits at Pittington

At Moorsely and Moorhouse

He’s been one lucky bastard

But who are we to grouse


Fill the bucket with black diamonds

Then winch the load away

Lower them into tubs

And send them down the waggonway

Later in the pub

You can drink away the pain

Then it’s back again next morning

To Old Duck’s Main



(Gary Miller)


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Helen Temperley's first illustration from the project 'The Butcher Baronet'.

 

Notes

 

Currently unreleased