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Thread #100552   Message #2020213
Posted By: Charley Noble
08-Apr-07 - 09:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Last pit pony dies
Subject: Lyr Add: BLOSSOM THE MINING HORSE
I'm thinkng that Australian songwriter John Warner also has a song about a mining horse named "Blossom" who had the good sense to aniticipate a cave-in and refused to continue pulling her cart full of ore through that part of the mine shaft:

BLOSSOM, THE MINING HORSE
words: © John Warner 9/3/93
tune: Margaret Walters/Kim Poole 9/3/93

Now Blossom was a mining horse,
    Among the coal and slack,
Who hauled the skips with all her force,
    Get out of that, gee up you beggar,
    Come here, gee off, whoa back.

Wonthaggi miners all did know ...
What happened when Bloss refused to go ...

Now Bloss came out of the bord one day ...
Pulled to a stand and blocked the way ...

She had a full and heavy load ...
Of skips which blocked the wheeling road ...

Now Harry the wheeler cursed and cried ...
But Bloss dug in whatever he tried ...

With ears laid back our Bloss stood fast ...
No man behind in the bord got past ...

So Mac, who fired the shots, did say ...
"Let's eat, we could be here all day" ...

But, as the lads got out their lunch ...
The roof caved in with a deadly crunch ...

Our Blossom saved the miners all ...
She stood between them and the fall ...

And when the rescue team dug through ...
The lads were alive and Blossom too ...

Which goes to show, now and again ...
The mining heroes weren't all men ...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble