5.15 a.m.

Mark Knopfler

 E
 5.15 a.m.
 A
snow laying all around 
a collier cycles home
 E
from his night shift underground
 E
 past the silent pub
primary school, workingmens club
 A
 on the road from the pithead
fis
the churchyard packed
 B7
with mining dead
 E
 then beneath the bridge
he comes to a giant car
A fis
a shroud of snow upon the roof
 E
a mark ten jaguar
 A
 he thought the man was fast asleep
 E
 silent, still and deep
 A
both dead and cold
fis
shot through
 B7
with bullet holes
fis cis
the one armed bandit man
 A
came north to fill his boots
came up from cockneyland
e-type jags and flashy suits
fis
put your money in
pull the levers
watch them spin
 A
 cash cows in all the pubs
 B7
but he preferred the new nightclubs
 E
                                    nineteen sixty-seven
 A
bandit men in birdcage heaven  
la dolce vita, sixty-nine
 E
all new to people of the tyne
 E
 who knows who did what
somebody made a call
 A
they said his hands
fis
were in the pot
 E
that he?d been skimming hauls
fis
he picks up the swag
they gaily gave away
 A
 drives his giant jag
fis H7
off to his big pay day
fis cis
the bandit man
 A
came north to fill his boots
came up from cockneyland
e-type jags and flashy suits
fis
the bandit man
 A
 came up the great north road
up to geordieland
fis
to mine
 B7
the mother lode
 E
 seams blew up or cracked
 A
black diamonds came hard won 
generations toiled and hacked
 E
for a pittance and black lung
fis
crushed by tub or stone
together and alone
 A
 how the young and old
fis H7
paid the price of coal
 E
 eighteen sixty-seven
 A
my angel?s gone to heaven
he?ll be happy there
 E
sunlight and sweet clean air  
 E
 they gather round the glass
 A
tough hewers and crutters
child trappers and putters
 E
the little foals and half-marrows
 A
 who pushed
cis
and pulled the barrows
 A
 the hod boys
 E
and the rolleywaymen
5.15 a.m.


A B7 E
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