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Calling on Song
Last updated: 02.02.20
Calling-on Song for the Ghosts of Miners Past, written by Jim Hancock, sympathises with the miners and their lives of yesteryear covering more than 200 years. I came across it during my time with the Tyneside Maritime Chorus between 2011 and 2013. For my taste, a bit of a dirge but very evocative of the working conditions in, as the song goes, that evil place. Consider the chorus:

Our calling on song is the siren it calls us nightly to our toil.
Give o'er your screech you noisy tyrant .. the night shift's on to turn your coal.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook but not yet in my personal repertoire

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