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The Ballad of the Springhill Mine Disaster

Peggy Seeger
Language: English



In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia
Down in the dark of the Cumberland Mine
There's blood on the coal and the miners lie
In the roads that never saw sun nor sky,
In the roads that never saw sun nor sky..

In the town of Springhill, you don't sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roll
When the earth is restless, miners die
Bone and blood is the price of coal,
Bone and blood is the price of coal..

Down at the coal face, miners working
Rattle of the belt and the cutter's blade..
Rumble of the rock and the walls closed round
The living and the dead men two miles down,
The living and the dead men two miles down.

Twelve men lay two miles from the pitshaft
Twelve men lay in the dark and sang
Long hot days in the miners tomb
It was three feet high and a hundred long,
It was three feet high and a hundred long.

Three days past and the lamps gave out
Our foreman rose on his elbow and said
We're out of light and water and bread
So we'll live on song and hope instead,
So we'll live on song and hope instead.

Listen for the shouts of the barefaced miners
Listen thru the rubble for a rescue team
Six hundred feet of coal and slag
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam,
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam..

Eight days passes and some were rescued
Leaving the dead to lie alone
Thru all their lives they dug their grave
Two miles of earth for a marking stone,
Two miles of earth for a marking stone..

In the town of Springhill, you don't sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roll..
When the earth is restless, miners die
Bone and blood is the price of coal,
Bone and blood is the price of coal..

Listen for the shouts of the barefaced miners
Listen thru the rubble for a rescue team
Six hundred feet of coal and slag
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam,
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam..


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