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1915-1972 chords

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D                             G
born 1915 on the south of the tyne
    D                                   A         A
he worked on the seam in the west wylam mine
         D                                   G
like his father before him and most of their kind
    D                             A         D
he fought for the coal with his life on the line

G                     D
storm clouds upon us 1939
     G                     EM         A
no stranger to danger he willingly signed
      D                                    G
on a free trip to europe for a man in his prime
    D                            A           D   
he fought for the crown with his life on the line
        
[Solo]
same as 2nd verse      
G  D  G  EM  A  D  G  D  A  D
 
[Middle 8]
G                        D
six years of killing and staying alive
     G                    EM         A
then home to a wife and a laddie of five
          D                                    G
then it’s on with his pit boots and a davy to shine
    D                          A            D
and back down the pit with his life on the line

D                                     G
six years of hewin down in the black hole
         D                                      A     A
but the pits running dry and they say "no more coal"
       D                                G
"not financially viable the pit owners whined
        D                      A         D
so he's out in the cold with a living to find

       G                                D
so at forty years old to newcastle he came
    G                        EM    
ex soldier, ex miner, just a pawn in their game
         D                                  G
and in a bar in newcastle he served out his time
         D                      A           D
and lived out his life so that i could have mine
  
 D   G   D   A   D
     
     D                        A            D
he laid down his life so that i could have mine 

            
            
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