Cape Breton Miner and BESCO

 

LYRICS

“Cape Breton Miner and BESCO”

You will go into the mines and toil all day,
And work like a slave to keep hunger away,
You’re slaving all day to provide us with coal:
But you don’t get enough to keep body and soul.

BESCO can drive in a big motor car,
For he gets the profits, whatever they are:
But you must exist there in shacks I am told,
For BESCO, that chap, has to pile up the gold.

You see what he did down in old Newfoundland:
He placed thousands of dollars in Sir Richard’s hand,
In order he might that rich country control:
For BESCO, that chap, hasn’t got any soul.

A nice little trip to Cape Breton he planned:
He invited the members all down to a man:
But dark clouds started rising, the weather turned cold,
So they postponed that picnic and saved BESCO’s gold.

(MLH, 26 April 1924:5)

By Mike Lelievre

MIKE LELIEVRE – VOCALS & GUITAR

About Mike LeLievre

Mike LeLievre is a veteran of the Cape Breton music scene, having played in the bars since 13 and still going strong on bigger stages in farther places.  Perhaps best known as Slowcoaster’s bassist, Mike has also released a solo album and is a virtuoso known to play guitar, bass, mandolin, slide and pretty much anything that makes sound.  He writes songs and plays tunes for one-nighters, all-weekers, goodtimes bedtimes, ballrooms and barrooms.

Resources

Besco Wage Reductions and Harsh Conditions

Jeremy Akerman, Mickey Muise

Beaton Institute, T-28: Recording conducted by Jeremy Akerman in 1967. Produced under the auspices of CHER Radio, Sydney, and first aired on Monday, July 31, 1967 on the occasion of the official opening of the Cape Breton Miners Museum.

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