Song Lyric Sunday Water Cohesion. 2

We gather here at NewEpicAuthor today for another episode of SLS Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday. The prompt this week is “Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay”,
Can I please for my second choice use the word River please as it a cohesion of water.

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This second song is not only a song it’s a history lesson.

Big River by Jimmy Nail

Walking on cobbled stones, little bits of skin and bone
Jumping on a tram car for a ride
I can remember when, I was a just a boy of ten
Hanging around the old Quayside
Now all the capstans and the cargo boats
And Stevadores are gone
To where all the old ships go
But memories, just like the sea live on

‘Cause that was when coal was King
The river was a living thing
And I was just a boy but it was mine
The coaly Tyne

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 working man
He earned our living with his hands
He had to cross the river every day
He picked up his Union card, out of the Neptune yard
Mouths to feed and bills to pay
There came a time for him to sail across the sea and far away
And finally when the war was won
They brought him home and home he stayed
And when his days were done
Under a golden sun
They took him back to where he longed to be
Back to the sea

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

The Neptune was the last to go
I heard it on the radio
And then they played the latest number one
But what do they do all day
And what are they supposed to say
What does a father tell his son?
If you believe that there’s a bond between our future and our past
Try to hold on to what we have
We build them strong, we built to last

‘Cause this is a mighty town
Build upon solid ground
And everything they’ve tried so hard to kill
We will rebuild

This is a big river
I want you all to know I’m so very proud
This is a big river
But that was long ago
That’s not now
This is a big, big river
And in my heart I know it will rise again
The river will rise again

Lyrics from Genius lyrics


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. newepicauthor
    Feb 03, 2019 @ 21:29:43

    You can always have another chance, but you could have saved this for next week’s prompt. I am going to do the Johnny Cash song Big River next week. I like this song.


    • willowdot21
      Feb 03, 2019 @ 22:24:19

      This such a beautiful song and a huge slice of social history. About the decline and death of shipbuilding on the Tyne. Jimmy Nails is actually dining about what he and his father lived through. …I am sure I can find another river song for next week…it may not be as great as this one but there are many .💜


  2. Ritu
    Feb 03, 2019 @ 21:30:47



  3. msjadeli
    Feb 04, 2019 @ 00:10:34

    This is a beautiful and poignant ballad. I love Jimmy’s voice. Where is the Tyne? The video has a lot of interesting historical photos.


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