Steelworkers Lament

LYRICS

Steelworkers Lament

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.

 

Resources

 

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