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BIG RIVER (River Tyne) Jimmy Nail Jimmy Nail Walkin' on cobbled stones, little bits o' skin and bone Jumpin' on a tramcar for a ride I can remember then, 'cause I was just a boy of ten Hangin' around the old quayside Now all the capstans and the cargo boats and stevedores are gone To where all the old ships go But memories just like the seas live on. 'Cause that was when coal was king, The river a livin' thing And I was just a boy, but it was mine, The coaly Tyne. For this was a big river, I want you all to know that I was proud This was a big river, but that was long ago, That's not now, that's not now. My father was a workin' man, He earned our livin' with his hands He had to cross the river every day He picked up a union card, out of the Neptune Yard Mouths to feed and bills to pay Then came a time for him to sail across the seas and far away, Finally when that war was won you brought him home and home he stayed. And when his days were done, under a golden sun You took him back to where he longed to be, Back to the sea. For this was a big river, I want you all to know that I was proud This was a big river, but that was long ago, That's not now That's not how That's not now The Neptune was the last to go, I heard it on my radio And then they played the latest number one But what do they do all day? What are they supposed to say? What does a father tell his son? If you you believe that there's a bond between our future and our past Try to hold on to what we had, We build them strong, we build to last 'Cause this is a mighty town, Built upon a solid ground And everything they've tried so hard to kill, We will rebuild. For this was a big river I want you all to know I'm so very proud This was a big river, but that was long ago, That's not now And this is a big, big river, And in my heart I know it will rise again The river will rise again. (Transcribed by Michael Makepeace - August 2011)

    


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