Ships that Run on Steam and Coal (Paul O'Brien)

 

Were the gang

Who shovel hills of coal

The liner boss

He owns our soul

We shift it from the quay

Down to the hold

Of the ships that run

On steam and coal

Of the ships that run

On steam and coal

 

With shovels and with picks

From early morn

We take the line

The gaffers drawn

Calling names

He takes the roll

For the ships that run

On steam and coal

For the ships that run

On steam and coal

 

Manyís the girl

That Iíve let down

Iíve been drunk

In every bar in town

And I know that Iíll be lonely

When Iím old

ĎCos my heart runs

On steam and coal

My heart it runs

On steam and coal

 

How I long to be

That engineer

Sailing those ships

From there to here

But Iím stuck here digging

In this damn hole

And my heart runs

On steam and coal

My heart it runs

On steam and coal

 

Were the gang

Who shovel hills of coal

The liner boss

He owns our soul

We shift it from the quay

Down to the hold

Of the ships that run

On steam and coal

Of the ships that run

On steam and coal