You’ve heard of the Gresford disaster,
The terrible price that was paid;
Two hundred and forty two colliers were lost
And three men of a rescue brigade.
It occurred in the month of September;
At three in the morning that pit
Was wracked by a violent explosion
In the Dennis where dust lay so thick.
The gas in the Dennis deep section
Was packed like snow in a drift,
And many a man had to leave the coal face
Before he had worked out his shift.
A fortnight before the explosion
To the shot-firer,Tomlinson cried:
‘If you fire that shot we’ll all be blown to hell!’
And no one can say that he lied.
The fireman’s reports they are missing,
The records of forty-two days,
The colliery manager had them destroyed
To cover his criminal ways.
Down there in the dark they are lying,
They died for nine shillings a day;
They’ve worked out their shift and it’s now they must lie
In the darkness until Judgement Day.
The Lord Mayor of London’s collecting
To help both the children and wives.
The owners have sent some white lilies
To pay for the colliers’ lives.
Farewell our dear wives and our children,
Farewell our dear comrades as well.
Don’t send your sons in the dark dreary mine
They’ll be damned like the sinners in Hell.