I’ve worked on the steel plant all my life Since the time I was just a lad. The hours where long, but my back was strong And I gave then all that I had. I’ve shovelled their snow at ten below, From tracks piled high and white While the city dozed I worked there and froze There many a winter night… I’ve shovelled their coal to a boiler old And just as hot as the grates of hell. Just useless trash, most stone and ash That the coal mines couldn’t sell.
I’ve loaded their rails and packed their nails And bundled their rods and bars, And I’ve gasped and choked in the poison smoke And the fumes of their hot coke cars. I’ve swung a sledge on the crumbling edge Of a furnace wide and tall With my vision blurred with the dust it stirred And a man just dared not fall
I’ve shovelled their ore from the stinking floor Of ships from beyond the seas, And my stomach turned, with the gas was churned From shovelling manganese. I’ve burned my feet in the hellish heat Of a slag pit’s fiery glow, And I’ve froze my ears at the scrap yard shears On a night that was ten below. I’ve swabbed their sewers where a man endures A stench that’s beyond compare, In air so foul that the rodents who prowl Have all abandoned there.
For a man that toils in a steel mill spoils His chance for a ripe old age, For the hazards to health are early felt And he’s old at middle age. Now these are but few of the jobs I do, That briefly I’ve made mention And I fell in my heart that I’ve played my part, And I’ve earned an early pension.
By Jordan Musycsyn
JORDAN MUSYCSYN – VOCALS & GUITAR, COLIN GRANT – VIOLIN, MIKE LELIEVRE – BASS
About Jordan Musycsyn
Jordan is a hard working singer/songwriter, is a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in a Folk-Country style. He sustains a busy touring schedule thruout Canada in support of his Music Nova Scotia award nominated debut album ‘The Pitch’. Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. A dynamic performer, Jordan moves the audience from laughter to tears and back again. The band puts on a high energy live performance with stellar players.
His first album ‘The Pitch’ (released in the fall of 2014) was nominated for 2 Music Nova Scotia awards. He has toured across the Maritimes and across Canada many times playing his songs solo, with his band, with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and Tis The Season.
“JORDAN MUSYCSYN is a great musician and a great storyteller”