Cargoes by Sue Lee and John Meleady Sugar for the jam hole up at Preston Brook Chocolate crumb for Ovaltine, we never gets a look China clay for Wedgewood up in the Potteries To make fine cups and saucers for English ladies' teas Chorus : The coal we carries everywhere to Manchester and Brum We carries it in sackloads, delivered by the ton It fills our holds, it fills our hair, the bloody dust gets everywhere It drives us boaties to despair, dirty filthy coal Timber for the matchworks up in Gloucester town Iron from Welsh foundries, we helped to bring it down Fine cotton lords in London from mills of Lancashire To make the fancy fol-de-rols for gentry folk to wear Smelter up to Birmingham fills boat and butty too Stainless steel from Sheffield, fine cutlery for you And cloth made by the weavers, we brings it out of Stroud To make plus fours and waistcoats for gamekeepers proud From salt works up in Cheshire in casks we brings it down In Coventry we load bricks, from Bath we carry stone But in Limehouse we load tea straight from sailing ships so tall It's the cargo boaties likes the best, we drinks it one and all My thanks to Keepers Lock for permission to use the video. Recorded on :
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