Cornish Lads

In light of the newly-granted minority status  of the Cornish, here is a song with deep meaning for many in Cornwall. The words are by the modern singer Roger Bryant who is considered to be one of Cornwall’s finest songwriters, and this song has become an anthem of the people. It’s performed here by the Cornish lads of The Stowes.

Cornish Lads

Refrain:
Well Cornish lads are fishermen
And Cornish lads are miners too
But when the fish and tin are gone
what are the Cornish boys to do?

From Newly town we used to sail
Through rain and mist and lashing gale
The mackerel shoals we hoped to find
And soon we’ve left Land’s End behind
Refrain

We’ve searched the seven stones all around
But not a sign or shoal we’ve found
Round Island light is now in sight
But Scillies are a barren ground
Refrain

The winding engines used to sing
A melody to Cornish tin
And Geevor lads they all would grin
At pay day on a Friday
Refrain

The water now reclaims the mine
And young men talk of old men’s time
And go to work in gold or coal
Or face a life upon the dole
Refrain

The hammer of the auction man
Is the only sound we soon will hear
And visitors will make the noise
And order drinks from Cornish boys
Refrain

We’ll do as we have done before
Go out to roam the wild world o’er
Wherever sea or ship are found
Or there’s a hole down underground
Refrain

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