Poor Jossie

from No Redemption Songs by Ribbon Road

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about

A retired miner is arrested and dragged away for just being there. His wife can’t believe the behaviour of the police

‘The abiding image of all this is a colliery village under occupation. The women in Easington, who never believed when the lads got back and told the way the police did things, they were totally against them from that day. They were absolutely shocked’.

lyrics

POOR JOSSIE

They’re taking him away
Made a criminal today
Doesn’t matter what I say they hate us
They’ll put him in a cell
They don’t care that he’s not well
‘Cos they wish us all to hell they want to break us

Look - I can see him in the van
I’ll be lost without me man

They’re pulling at his arms
They want to do him harm
Don’t they know he has a heart that doesn’t hold him
His lungs are full of dust
He retired ‘cos he must
They’re the ones who broke the trust it’s on their shoulders

Look - I can see him in the van
I’ll be lost without me man

Chorus
There’s no mercy on this pit street
They won’t let him go
And we’re all shouting off Alma pit street
Screaming let him go

See that look upon his face
It’s out of hand and out of place
Don’t steal the days that still belong to me
They haven’t got a clue
What people like us do
I’m telling it to you
‘Cos they just won’t let us through
Stuck together with the strongest glue
I can see him in the van
I’ll be lost without me man

Chorus
There’s no mercy on this pit street
They won’t let him go
And we’re all shouting off Alma pit street
Screaming let him go

So I’m standing in the yard
And I know he’s fallen hard
And I’m leaning on the gate
Where he knows that I will wait for him to come

(There’s no mercy on this pit street
And we’re all shouting, screaming let him go)

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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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