Don't Give up on Me / Be Good to Each Other

from No Redemption Songs by Ribbon Road

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Miners were ordinary working people employed in a modern industry. The message here is ‘remember’ - remember the power people have collectively, that Government and owners can’t be trusted, remember the goodness of your people, but don’t forget the fight that never ends. Be good to each other.

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DON'T GIVE UP ON ME / BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER

Just like sisters and brothers
We fought for each other
Mothers and fathers and lovers the same
And who could have told us
The way the wheels turn
Broken forever with memories to burn
Broken forever with memories to burn

Don’t give up on me
I’ve walked along the street with them behind me
I know that you can see
We’re maybe not that smart but we are kindly
Tell them what we’ve all been through
Tell them that wor sky is never blue
Don’t give up on me
Cos you have eyes to see

Don’t give up on us
They block the way and break the ever-lasting trust
They’ve spread us far and wide
So no-one hears the cry
Or has a laugh or sees a smile
Tell them all that we’re still living
Tell them of the Christmas giving in ‘84
Don’t give up on us
Don’t forget the war

Don’t give up on me
You have to hold your ground and stand up counted
And when the hunger bites
It’s then you have to fight and you’ll get clouted
Tell them never mind the pain
Tell them every day for us it rains
Don’t give up on me
It’s all that I can be

Don’t give up on us
The bobbies on the beat will never be a friend
It’s just below the surface
The animal that hurt us, it’s all just pretend
The money in their pockets
The doors are shut and locked
They’ve thrown away the key
Don’t give up on us
Don’t give up on me

Don’t give up on me
Sometimes I hold my head into my hands
We all need a friend
There were times I couldn’t see an end
Tell them we were not alone
Tell them every hunter has a home
Don’t give up on me
Nothing comes for free
Don’t give up on us
Don’t give up on me

Be good to each other
All sisters and brothers
Wipe away tears from the faces you love
And keep yourselves going
In the cruel wind that’s blowing
I think we have suffered enough
Yes, I think we have suffered enough

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from No Redemption Songs, released August 23, 2014

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Brenda Heslop
Jill Heslop
Geoff Heslop

For the last 26 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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