“Byker Hill”

Alternate titles: “Byker Hill and Walker Shore”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1812 (John Bell, "Rhymes of Northern Bards")
Keywords: mining work drink wife worker
Found in: Britain(England(North))

Description

Dance tune with sketchy narrative; singer's wife sits up late drinking. Singer asks her to return home (bringing the beer). He also tells of working in Walker Pit and the poor wages for coal-cutters, singing ironically "Walker Pit's done well by me."

Long description

Usually a dance tune (in 2-2-2-3 time!), but with sketchy narrative; singer's wife sits up late drinking, neglecting home and family. Singer pleads with her to return home (but to bring the beer with her). He also tells of working in Walker Pit and the poor wages for coal-cutters, singing ironically "Walker Pit's done well by me," and a verse of "Geordie Charlton he had a pig/He hit it with a shovel and it danced a jig"

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Recordings

References

  1. DT, BYKERHIL*
  2. Roud #3488
  3. BI, DTbykerh