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Working Man (Rita MacNeil) w/lyrics, MIDIs, chords, videos

             #1072: YouTube video by MingleBells ©2008
                           ~ Used with permission ~

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It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

At the age of sixteen years,
Oh, he quarrels with his peers,
Who vow they'd never see another one,
In the dark recess of the mine,
Where you age before your time,
And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs.

It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

At the age of sixty-four,
Oh, he'll greet you at the door,
And he'll gently lead you by the arm,
Through the dark recess of the mine,
Oh, he'll take you back in time,
And he'll tell you of the hardships that were his.

It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

It's a working man I am,
And I've been down underground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see the sun,
Or for any length of time,
I can hold it in my mind,
I never again will go down underground.

####.... Rita MacNeil [1944-2013] (Part Of The Mystery, Lupins Records, 1981; Volume I - Songs From The Collection, Lupins Records / Virgin Music Canada, 1994; Full Circle, EMI Music Canada, 1998; A Night At The Orpheum, EMI Music Canada, 1999; Mining The Soul, Luprock Entertainment Inc, 2000; Mining The Soul with The Men Of The Deep, 2001) ....####
In The Cape Breton Song Collection edited and compiled by Allister MacGillivray and published in 1985, Rita MacNeil is quoted as saying: "Upon returning home five years ago, I went down on a tour through the mine. I was deeply moved by the men who spoke to us while on that tour; hence, I wrote the song, Working Man."

The YouTube video above features a tribute to Rita McNeil by the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) with Matt Minglewood, Dutch Robinson, Jimmy Rankin and Shaye.

The YouTube video below features an excellent cover performance by Padraig Grimes of Castlebar, Ireland.



             #1335: YouTube video by tillyireland ©2011
                          ~ Used with permission ~


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[G] It's a working man I am,
And I've [C] been down un-[G] derground,
And I swear to God, if I ever see [D] the sun,
[G] Or for any length of time,
I can [C] hold it in my [G] mind,
I never again will [D] go un-[G] derground.





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