Songs from the album
'HARK THE VILLAGE WAIT'

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The Blackleg Miner
The Blacksmith Uke version
The Blacksmith Guitar version
The Lowlands of Holland

The Blackleg Miner
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Spa
n

First two verses sung acapella

Verse 1
It's in the evening after dark,
When the blackleg miner creeps to work,
With his moleskin pants and dirty shirt,
There goes the blackleg miner!

Verse 2
Well he grabs his duds and down he goes
To hew the coal that lies below,
There's not a woman in this town-row
Will look at the blackleg miner.

[F#m] [EM] [F#m] [EM] [F#m] [EM] [F#m] [EM] [F#m] ( X 2 between each group of two verses)

Verse 3
Oh, [F#m] Delaval is a [EM] terrible place.
They [F#m] rub wet clay in the [EM] blackleg's face,
And [F#m] around the heaps they [EM] run a foot race,
To [F#m] catch the [EM]backleg [F#m] miner!

Verse 4
So, dinna gang near the Seghill mine.
Across the way they stretch a line,
To catch the throat and break the spine
Of the dirty backleg miner.

Verse 5
They grab his duds and his pick as well,
And they hoy them down the pit of hell.
Down you go, and fare you well,
You dirty blackleg miner!

Verse 6
Oh, it's in the evening after dark,
When the blackleg miner creeps to work,
With his moleskin pants and dirty shirt,
There goes the blackleg miner!

Verse 7
So join the union while you may.
Don't wait till your dying day,
For that may not be far away,
You dirty blackleg miner!

'The Blackleg Miner' transcribed by Joellen Robinson.

Thanks JoE

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The Black
smith
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

This song was transcribed for ukulele so might have to be transposed to play along with the record on guitar

Verse 1
A [em]blacksmith courted [D]me, nine [em]months and [D]be[ em]tter. 
He fairly won my [D]heart, he wrote [em]me a [D]le[em]tter. 
With his hammer [D]in his [em]hand he [G]looked so cle[D]ver 
And if [em]I  were with my love I would [G]live [D]for e[em]ver.

Verse 2
Oh where has my love gone with his cheeks like roses? 
He's gone across the sea, gathering primroses.
I'm afraid the shining sun might burn and scorch his beauty 
And if I were with my love I would do my duty. 
Lala lalala lalalalala

Verse 3
Strange news has come to town, strange news is carried. 
Strange news flies up and down that my love is married. 
Oh I wish them both much joy though they don't hear me 
And if I were with my love I would do my duty.

Verse 4
Oh what did you promise me when you lay beside me? 
You said you'd marry me and not deny me. 
If I said I'd marry you it was only to try you 
So bring your witness love and I'll not deny you. 
Lala lalala lalalalala

Verse 5
Oh witness have I none save God Almighty. 
And may He reward you well for the slighting of me. 
Her lips grew pale and wan, it made her poor heart tremble, 
For to think she had loved one and he'd proved deceitful.

'The Blacksmith' transcribed by Kinoko Fuesousha

Thanks Kinoko

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The Blacksmith
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

Guitar version

Verse 1
A [C#m]blacksmith courted [B]me, nine [C#m]months and [B]be[C#m]tter. 
He fairly won my [B]heart, he wrote [C#m]me a [B]le[C#m]tter. 
With his [E] hammer [F#]in his [G#m]hand he [C#m]looked so cle[B]ver 
And if [C#m]I  were with my love I would live [B]fore[C#m]ver.

Verse 2
Oh where has my love gone with his cheeks like roses? 
He's gone across the sea, gathering primroses.
I'm afraid the shining sun might burn and scorch his beauty 
And if I were with my love I would do my duty. 
Lala lalala lalalalala

Verse 3
Strange news has come to town, strange news is carried. 
Strange news flies up and down that my love is married. 
Oh I wish them both much joy though they don't hear me 
And if I were with my love I would do my duty.

Verse 4
Oh what did you promise me when you lay beside me? 
You said you'd marry me and not deny me. 
If I said I'd marry you it was only to try you 
So bring your witness love and I'll not deny you. 
Lala lalala lalalalala

Verse 5
Oh witness have I none save God Almighty. 
And may He reward you well for the slighting of me. 
Her lips grew pale and wan, it made her poor heart tremble, 
For to think she had loved one and he'd proved deceitful.

Verse 6
A blacksmith courted me, nine months and better. 
He fairly won my heart, he wrote me a letter. 
With his hammer in his hand he looked so clever 
And if I were with my love I would live forever.

Lala lalala lalalalala

The Blacksmith' transcribed by Oliver King

Thanks Oliver

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Th
e Lowlands of Holland
Trad. Arr - Steeleye Span

 

Verse 1
The [C#m]love that I have [B]chosen [C#m]I therBewith be cont[C#]ent
The [C#m]salt sea shall be  [B]frozen [C#m]before [B]that I repent[C#m]
Re[C#m]pent it shall I Bnever [C#m]until [B]the day I dee  [C#m]
But the [C#m]lowlands of  [B]Holland [C#m]has tw[B]ined my love and me[C#m].

Verse 2
My love lies in the salt sea and I am on the side
It's enough to break a young thing's heart that lately was a bride.
But lately was a bonny bride with pleasure in her e'e.
But the lowlands of Holland has twined my love and me.

Verse 3
My love he built a bonny ship and set her on the sea
With seven score good mariners to bear her company.
But there's three score of them is sunk and three score dead at sea
And the lowlands of Holland has twined my love and me.

Verse 4
My love has built another (or: a nether) ship and set her on the sea
And nane but twenty mariners all for to bring her hame.
But the weary wind began to rise, the sea began to roll
And my love then and his bonny ship turned with the shins about.

Verse 5 
There shall nae a quiff come on my head nor comb come in my hair
There shall neither coal nor candlelight shine in my bower mair.
And neither will I marry until the day I dee
For I never had a love but one and he's drowned in the sea.

Verse 6
Oh hold your tongue my daughter dear, be still and be content.
There's men enough in Galloway, you need not sore lament.
Oh there's men enough in Galloway, alas there's none for me
For I never had a love but one and he's drowned in the sea.

'The Lowlands of Holland' transcribed by Oliver King

Thanks Oliver

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