SONY ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER FROM COUNTY DURHAM

CURSED BE THE CALLER

CURSED BE THE CALLER
(J.Lowe / Lowe Life Music)

Who’s that knocking there, who’s that rapping there?
Who’s that tapping there, can’t you let usbe?
We’ve been to work today, digging our lives away,
Down below the frozen clay, and out beneath the sea.
Oh cursed be the caller with his knock, knock, knock.

Lying there at two o’clock, to hear the caller’s angry knock,
Would give the devil himself a shock as he lay fast asleep.
A working man has not the right to sleephis way all through the night
Clasp your dreams with all your might, ‘cos dreams will never keep,
Oh cursed be the caller with his knock, knock, knock.

The sky is cold, the sky is black, you struggle to get off your back,
The night is always twice as dark, when you have to leave your bed.
A second knock, and then a third, it’s no good saying you never heard.
The gaffer won’t believe a word, it’s enough to wake the dead.
Oh cursed be the caller with his knock, knock, knock.

So curse the caller, curse him well, let him wake the souls in Hell,
He’ll find a place there for himsel’, I’m sure it is his home.
But if he left us sleeping fast, tomorrow’s shift would be our last,
So leave the caller to his task, but curse him all the same.
Oh cursed be the caller with his knock, knock, knock.

 

(Written after a conversation with my father, when he retired after fifty years in the mines, many of which he spent on first shift, after being woken by the caller’s knock.)

 

From the album – The Old Durham Road
Also appears on the album – Backshift

 

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