Sydney Steel

LYRICS

Sydney Steel – John Campbelljohn & Kenneth Larocque

They worked the boats and rowed the floats and some they worked the trains,
But they always had the molten metal, flowing through their veins
They lived for something different and needed something real,
They fond it on the back shift, buddy down at Sydney Steel

They beat ‘er ’til she’s dirt red & and pound her ’til she’s blue
And did that ’til the sun came up like nothing else to do
They rolled ‘er up and strapped ‘er tight and shipped her out the door
And hoped tomorrow she’s a bridge or maybe something more

The sparks are thick as fireflies, the molten metal glows
She’ll find a way to kiss you buddy, burnin’ through your clothes
You love the work, you hate the work, your back’s against the wheel
But I never dreamed they’d lock that gate, down at Sydney Steel

My Dad would get the call tonight, the power lines are down,
And mom was home praying , that he’d come home safe and sound,
Uncle Johnny smoked his pipe, his stories were surreal
But the open hearth was all he knew , down at Sydney Steel
The sparks are thick as fireflies, the molten metal glows

She’ll find a way to kiss you buddy, burnin’ through your clothes
You love the work, you hate the work, your back’s against the wheel
But I never dreamed they’d lock that gate, down at Sydney Steel, down at Sydney Steel

For 30 years, they paid their dues
And worked with all their pride
But when they finally got the news, some just sat and cried
but there was safety in numbers and solidarity
and Charlie MacKinnon led the chorus, “Save Our Industry.”

The sparks are thick as fireflies, the molten metal glows
She’ll find a way to kiss you buddy, burnin’ through your clothes
You love the work, you hate the work, your back’s against the wheel
But I never dreamed they’d lock that gate, down at Sydney Steel
Down at Sydney Steel

Yea they took it all away,

You love the work, you hate the work, your back’s against the wheel
You love the work, you hate the work, down at Sydney Steel

 

By John CampbellJohn & Kenneth Laroque

JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN – VOCALS AND GUITAR

About John CampbellJohn

Born 1955 in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canadian singer/slide guitarist/songwriter John Campbelljohn is a multiple award winner.

During his career John has been featured on recordings and live shows that include names like Sting, Joni Mitchell, Emmy Lou Harris, Leonard Cohen, Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, Robben Ford & Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) as well as TV productions by Sony Music Entertainment. Rich vocals and distinctive prowess on the slide guitar has made him a favourite at music festivals in eastern Canada & Europe.

Rolling Stone Germany says, “The string magic of the front man fascinates!” Blues News Germany says, “What applied to Neil Young or Joni Mitchell in former times, now applies to John Campbelljohn.” Blues Revue USA deemed him a “guitar-god-in-the-making”. John has won or been nominated for countless music awards including Maple Blues Awards, East Coast Music Awards, Real Blues Awards, Music Nova Scotia Entertainer Of The Year, Blues Recording Of The Year & Musician Of The Year.

John is both thrilled and humbled to be added to the Jim Dunlop Artist page along side such greats as ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Eddie Van Halen, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones & Ricky Skaggs, just to name a few. Jim Dunlop Guitar Products is the world’s largest distributor and manufacturer of guitar products and accessories.

John’s sophisticated and progressive approach to song writing gives him a distinctive edge, mixing rock, blues, reggae, celtic & country into his signature style. The result is a sound that can pummel the audience into submission one moment, while captivating them with its subtlety the next.

www.campbelljohn.ca

Resources

An interview with John Campbelljohn, Oct 23rd 2015.
The Ballad of Slim McInnis // The Ballad of Slim McInnis - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  1. The Ballad of Slim McInnis // The Ballad of Slim McInnis - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  2. Doscomocracy // Doscomocracy - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  3. Trampin’ Down the Highway // Trampin’ Down the Highway - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  4. Quaint Harbour // Quaint Harbour - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  5. Blackheart’s of the Company // Blackheart’s of the Company - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  6. Stand the Gaff // Stand the Gaff - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  7. Michael’s Tune // Michael’s Tune - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  8. Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves // Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  9. Whatever It Takes // Whatever It Takes - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  10. The Wearing of the Red // The Wearing of the Red - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  11. Down at Sydney Steel // Sydney Steel - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  12. Stronger then Steel // Stronger then Steel - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  13. Steel Winds // Steel Winds - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  14. A Cape Breton Lament // A Cape Breton Lament - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  15. An Seann Tigh Sgoil // An Seann Tigh Sgoil - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  16. Friday Evening // Ian MacDougall - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  17. The Voice of the Worker // The Voice of the Worker - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  18. Daughters Awake // Daughters Awake - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  19. Cape Breton Miner and Besco // Cape Breton Miner and Besco - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  20. Miner’s Wife // Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  21. Steel Workers Lament // Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest