The Big Hewer Chords & Lyrics Artist: ,

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Am chord D chord E7 chord Em chord C chord G chord Dm chord
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VERSE 1
Am             D                   E7        Am
Out of the dirt and darkness I was born, go down!
Am                      Em            Am       E7
Out of the hard black coalface I was torn, go down!
C
Kicked on the world and the earth split open
E7                 Am               G        Am
Crawled through a crack where the rock was broken
Dm           Am    Dm        E7        Am
Burrowed a hole, away in the coal, go down!
 
VERSE 2
Am             D                           E7        Am
In a cradle of coal in the darkness I was laid, go down!
Am                      Em            Am       E7
Down in the dirt and darkness I was raised, go down!
C
Cut me teeth on a five-foot timber
E7         Am            G        Am
Held up the roof with my little finger
Dm           Am    Dm        E7        Am
Started me time away in the mine, go down!
 
VERSE 3
Am                    D                   E7        Am
On the day that I was born I was six feet tall, go down!
Am                      Em                 Am       E7
And the very next day I learned the way to haul, go down!
C
On the third day worked at board and piller
E7              Am          G        Am
Worked on the fourth as a long-wall filler
Dm           Am       Dm        E7        Am
Getting me steam up, hewing the seam, go down!
 
VERSE 4
Am                    D                       E7        Am
I'm the son of the son of the son of a collier's son, go down!
Am                      Em                        Am       E7
Coal dust runs in the veins where the blood should run, go down!
C
Five steel ribs and an iron backbone
E7              Am            G        Am
Teeth that can bite through rock and blackstone
Dm           Am       Dm        E7        Am
Working me time, away in the mine, go down!
 
VERSE 5
Am                D                       E7        Am
Three hundred years I hewed at the coal by hand, go down!
Am                Em                     Am       E7
In the pits of Durham and East Northumberland, go down!
C
Been gassed and burned and blown asunder
E7           Am        G        Am
Buried more times than I can number
Dm           Am       Dm        E7        Am
Getting the coal, away in the hole, go down!
 
VERSE 6
Am                    D                                 E7        Am
I've scrabbled and picked at the face where the roof was low, go down!
Am                Em                        Am       E7
Crawled in the seams where only a mole could go, go down!
C
In the thin-cut seams I've ripped and redded
E7              Am        G        Am
Where even the rats are born bow-legged
Dm           Am       Dm        E7        Am
Winning the coal, away in the hole, go down!
 
VERSE 7
Am                    D                              E7        Am
I've worked in the Hutton, the Plessey, the Brockwell Seam, go down!
Am                  Em                             Am       E7
The Bensham, the Busty, the Beaumont, the Marshall Green, go down!
C
I've lain on me back in the old three-quarter
E7         Am        G        Am
Up to the chin in stinking water
Dm           Am    Dm        E7        Am
Hewing the coal, away in the hole, go down!
 
VERSE 8
Am                    D                       E7        Am
In the northern pits I've sweated and earned me pay, go down!
Am                      Em                   Am       E7
Toiled in the worn-out drift mines night and day, go down!
C
Where the anthracite is hard and shining
E7              Am          G        Am
I've tried me hand at the hard-rock mining
Dm         Am      Dm        E7        Am
I dug me a hole away in the coal, go down!
 
VERSE 9
Am                    D             E7        Am
Out of the dirt and darkness I was born, go down!
Am                      Em             Am       E7
Out of the hard black coal-face I was torn, go down!
C
Lived in the shade of the high pit heap
E7              Am            G        Am
I'm still down there where the seams are deep
Dm        Am       Dm        E7        Am
Digging a hole, away in the coal, go down!

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