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Inspired by Wartime Farm, episode 4

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It's the segment about the Bevin Boys that got me from this one... I have a tune for this, and it's a cracking tune too, but in absence of ascratch track yet, I'm catching up by sharing the lyrics...


THE CINDER ROCK

Got my marching orders in the morning post today

When the brindled pups arrive, I’ll be long miles away

Don’t expect a postcard from the desert or the Rhine

Mama’s youngest gets to go where no sun ever shines

John and Jack and James and Joe get called up and off they go

Peter, Eric, Sam and Ned learning how to shoot men dead

George, he gets a piece of sky, has the knack and loves to fly

Bevin says – god rot his soul – I must go and fetch the coal.

The King gives you a uniform to make you look a man

I get told to turn up in the oldest clothes I can

Strangers think I’m conchie and this copper wants to know

Why I’m out of uniform – I’ll tell him where to go.

John and Jack and James and Joe get called up and off they go

Peter, Eric, Sam and Ned learning how to shoot men dead

George, he gets a piece of sky, has the knack and loves to fly

            Bevin says – god rot his soul – I must go and fetch the coal.    

Out of ten conscripted men the Army’s taken nine

Last one out the bag gets told he’s working down the mine.

Take your shot at glory then stand your battleground

Mine’s a different story where the cinder rock is found

John and Joe and James and Jack – went to fight and won’t be back

Peter, Eric, Ned and Sam don’t remember who I am

George, he got his piece of sky, died the way that heroes die

And Bevin says – god rot his soul – I must keep on fetching coal...

John and Jack and James and Joe get called up and off they go

Peter, Eric, Sam and Ned learning how to shoot men dead

George, he gets a piece of sky, has the knack and loves to fly

Bevin says – god rot his soul – I must go and fetch the coal.

            Take away the Fuhrer’s toys; with coal you got from Bevin’s boys.

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Words & music by & © Talis Kimberley 5th October 2012

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On October 15th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC), filkerbaby commented:
You should send this to the Bevin Boys Association. It's good.
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On October 17th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC), talis_kimberley replied:
Thanks, that's an idea!
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On October 17th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC), batyatoon commented:
This is wonderful. I'm not familiar with the source -- what is it?

(Also, help out a poor American: "conchie" means what, please?)
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On October 17th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC), talis_kimberley replied:
The series is 'Wartime Farm', with historians recreating the rural response to the privations of WWII. Conchie is a perjorative contraction of 'conscientious objector', and the Bevin Boys were the one in ten of Bevin's conscripts who were sent down the mines, and kept there after the war had ended for the soldiers. Hope that helps! Thanks for your kind words!
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On October 17th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC), batyatoon replied:
That does indeed help. Thanks! I look forward to hearing it. :)
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