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Thread #13022   Message #540301
Posted By: Clinton Hammond
02-Sep-01 - 02:35 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Hillcrest Mine (James Keelaghan)
Subject: Lyr Add: HILLCREST MINE (James Keelahan)
A lovely cheerful little song about Canada's Worst Ever mining disaster... I seem to recall it was June 1914... The body count was 187 or there abouts... Geography, the Crows's Nest Pass is in Southern Alberta...

(James Keelahan)

Down in the mines of the Crow's Nest Pass
It's the men that die in labour
Sweating coal from the womb of the pit
The smell of life they savour
And in that mine, young man, you'll find
A wealth of broken dreams
As long and as dark and as black and as wide
As the coal from the Hillcrest seam

And they say-a don't go (Say-a don't go)
Down in the Hillcrest Mine say-a don't go
Say-a don't go down in the Hillcrest Mine
'Cause it's one short step you might leave this world behind
Le' me say-a don't go, (say-a don't go) down in the Hillcrest Mine

I've heard it whispered in the light of dawn
That mountain sometimes moves
That bodes ill for the morning shift
'Cause you know what you're gonna lose
Don't go, my son, where the deep coal runs
Turn your back on that mine on the hill
'Cause if the dust and the dark and the gas don't get you
Then the goons and the bosses will


Well, son, I'm gonna open up
I'm gonna have my say
You'll get no peace from the Hillcrest Mine
'Cept the peace of an early grave
Go out and work for the workers rights
Go fight for the workers needs
Don't stay down here to toil for your buck
You'll be a tool for the owners greed

James is really too talented for his own good...