Steam and Coal (Paul O’Brien)

 

Were the gang

Who lay the sleepers down

As we run these rails

From town to town

The railway boss he owns our souls

And our hearts run

On steam and coal

Our hearts run

On steam and coal

 

With hammers and with picks

We greet the dawn

And take the line

The gaffers drawn

Calling names he takes the roll

Of hearts that run

On steam and coal

Hearts that run

On steam and coal

 

Many’s the girl

That I’ve let down

Running these rails

From town to town

And I know that I’ll be lonely

When I’m old

‘Cos my heart runs

On steam and coal

My heart runs

On steam and coal

 

I long to be

That engineer

Ride that train

From there to here

I’m stuck here digging

This damn hole

‘Cos my heart runs

On steam and coal

My heart runs

On steam and coal