Collected from a man in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, 1949
It's in the evening, after dark|
The blackleg miner gangs ta wark
In his moleskin pants and dirty shirt
There goes the blackleg miner.
2. He takes his pick and down he goes
3. For Deleva is a terrible place
4. And don't go near the Segal mine.|
Across the top they've stretched a line
To catch the throat and break the spine
Of the dirty blackleg miner.
5. Well they take his pick and duds as well
6. So join the union while you may
Seghill and Seaton Delaval are adjacent mining villages about six miles north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It is difficult to date the song because there have been many mining strikes in this area. The greatest possibility is that it dates from the early 1900s. Of great interest is the illustration of the violent hatred felt by the `union' men towards the blacklegs.
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