Andrew Huggan

Andrew Huggan

Wee County singer/songwriter.

Down The Railway Line

 

Written during Glasgow Songwriting Festival, “Down The Railway Line” is about a trip down memory lane whilst walking along the old railway line which is now a footpath through Clackmannanshire. The area has a rich history of coal mining and the song will be featured on an app being developed by “Landscape Legacies Of Coal”, a project at Stirling University with the goal of raising awareness of the area’s mining history.

I took a walk between the village and the hills
Along the path where the trains used to roll
The scent of the trees took me back to the boy I used to be
Building dens, hide and seek
Along the path where the trains used to roll
Getting into trouble that my folks, they would never know

(chorus)
Every now and then my mind takes me back
Down the railway line, along that olden track
Those days are gone, but in a way they still remain
But still I dream I could travel on that train

Where the miners dug for coal
Along the path where the trains used to roll
I found in the stones a gift from a long long time ago
Black gold and some rivets of rust
Along the path where the trains used to roll
A miner underground worked his life to bring this to my hands

How many miners, working in the dark
Have feared they would never see the light?
As the trains stormed above them, dropping coal dust in their eyes
Did they ever think their shift would never end?

© A. Huggan 2017

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