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Thread #102889   Message #2089407
Posted By: GUEST,Huw Pudner
28-Jun-07 - 04:15 PM
Thread Name: Selar Hill (Huw Pudner)
Subject: Selar Hill
by Huw Pudner

I walked a green mountain
Forded a river
Saw a fox running
On sweet Selar Hill
Heard a lark singing
Above the old forest
Then bulldozers roared
And the birdsong was still.

Saw machines breaking
The bones of the mountain
Strip the wild places
Root trunk and branch
They buried the streams
Of crystal clear water
And covered the slopes
In a dust avalanche .

The sun's going down on the mountain
Another oak tree is down
They've poisoned the sweet,sweet fountain
And the fox has gone to ground

There are legions of lawyers
Somewhere in the city
Making mountains of money
At our expense
They've got banks and court judgements
Hard men with barbed wire
Protecting their profits
But its making no sense

Saw moonlight and starlight
Shine down on the valley
The valley of witches*
And the asthma attack
Heard the cry of a vixen
Somewhere on the mountain
And I tried to follow
Along the old track

This song is about open cast coal mining above Cwmgwrach in the Vale of Neath.The area has one of the highest rates of asthma in Wales and Cwmgwrach is a translation for the Valley of Witches.Local people and eco warriors came together in large numbers to oppose the open cast mining but the mining company has continued to tear out the guts of beatiful Selar Hill.