Moonpenny Hill

Winter is lonely
But summer is only
A springtime away
Here on Moonpenny Hill

Here at the centre
Of cold-wooded winter
A crocus rehearses
A sweet chorus

Iron’s ascendant today
Icy, the resolute way
Colder than February is the heart
Of that woman in blue
But, the snowdrops are through

Winter is lonely
But summer is only
A springtime away
Here on Moonpenny Hill

Coal-pickers freeze
In the silvery screes
Where resistance is stiffer
Today than ever

Bitter the wind from the south
Mealy the minister’s mouth
Brittle the beautiful princess’s crown
In the slaglands we struggle
With Constable Capital

Winter is lonely
But summer is only
A springtime away
Here on Moonpenny Hill

Newspapers try us
Our allies deny us
But the soup-kitchen women
Are superhuman

Here at the focus of things
Maybe we’ll lose on the swings
Maybe we’ll wait for the roundabout ride
And we’ll cackle like kids
While we lick the big slide

Winter is lonely
But summer is only
A springtime away
Here on Moonpenny Hill

Here at the centre
Of cold-wooded winter
Your fair-weather brothers
Stayed warm together

And soon there’ll be larks in the sky
Rinsing the sweet bye and bye
Sideways, in roundelays, basement to brim
Up and scouring the siren screams
Clean from our dreams

Moonpennies beam
Through a midsummer night seam
The pit-wheels are spinning a new beginning
Pit-wheels are spinning a new beginning
Pit-wheels are spinning a new beginning

Winter is lonely
But summer is only
A springtime away
Here on Moonpenny Hill …

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