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Black Country day song

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

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THIS is the finished draft for the song about the Black Country flag.

To have a day and a flag gives both physical and emotional focus for the people of the region.

Here at Aston University we are working with Rob Hazel at Tipton Library to run a poetry competition in some junior schools in his region as a pilot for a regional competition next year.

These are the lyrics to an as yet unrecorded song so that is the next task.

The Flag

The black an' red cone on white

Black by day an' red by night

Link on chains mark on life

Stond afoowa the flag

Stories 'eld we in aiche fold

Mill lines an' back t' back fodes

Lezzers, bonks pride teks 'old

Stond afoowa the flag

Fly the flag fly the flag

'igh above our Black Country

Fly the flag fly the flag

It's a part on all on we

Markin' time threw centuries

Mines an' cuts, factories

Seggs on toil 'eld in the weave

Stond afoowa the flag

Struggles kep in warp an' weft

Poundin' feelin' grips our chest

Like chainwimmin we march in step

T' stond afoowa the flag

Fly the flag fly the flag

'igh above our Black Country

Fly the flag fly the flag

The unity on family

In every town come join the crowds

Mothers fathers daughters sons

Come t' sing let voices ring

F' 'ere we dun belong

Colliers miners men on steel

Men on glass boatmen there

Chainmekers cort in the breeze

Stond afoowa the flag

Babbys they con grow an' 'no'

'istrys 'ere the seed is sowed

A tear falls as there it rose

Stond afoowa the flag

Fly the flag fly the flag

All across the Black Country

In all the towns the sound resounds

Ketch it f' it's part on thee

Fly the flag fly the flag

'igh above the Black Country

Fly the flag fly the flag

Unity in 'istry

Dr B Dakin,

Honorary Research Assistant,

Aston University,

B4 7ET.

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