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Subject: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 12:16 PM

I'm a collector of coal mining songs. I have versions of a few hundred different songs, but I'm always learning of songs that I had never heard of before. For instance, I recently learned of "Anthony Riley" (by Ivan Fryman), as well as "Coal Miner's Blues" by Jim Owen (not the same classic "Coal Miner's Blues" that A.P. Carter wrote).
    Because I know there are many coal mining songs out there that I've never heard of, please tell me any that you know of, particularly lesser known songs. I'm interested not just in American songs, but British or any others.
    There's no need to list classics such as "Dark As A Dungeon", "Sixteen Tons", "Nine Pound Hammer", "Coal Tattoo", "West Virginia Mine Disaster", "Blackleg Miner", etc.
    Thanks so much!


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,padgett on lap top
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 12:25 PM

Check out www.yorkshirefolksong.net where there are songs such as Orgreave and one or two more obscure

Ray


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 01:22 PM

See if you can find ' 100 Songs of Toil,' edited by Karl Dallas, a whole section on mining songs and A L Lloyds ' Come All Ye Bold Miners ' a book of mining songs, both all British.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: open mike
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 01:25 PM

http://www.mattea.com/

Artist: Kathy Mattea (Artist), Title: Coal (CD), Record Label: Captain Potato, Category: Music,

This method is being used to "harvest" coal...mountain top removal
see this site...http://www.mountainroadshow.com/ (may be music here)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Coal
Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields is a 70 page book and two CD compilation of old and new music from southern Appalachian coalfields.

http://cjtm.icaap.org/content/12/v12art4.html
a Collection of Coal-Mining Songs in Canada

There has been a musical theater production written and performed.
http://florida.broadwayworld.com/article/Coal_Miner_Musical_Fire_on_the_Mountain_20061111
http://www.theatreinchicago.com/news.php?articleID=228

http://folkmusic.about.com/b/2008/04/11/another-great-cd-of-coal-mining-songs.htm

the Unbroken Circle by Tim Breiding

here are Australian coal mining songs
http://unionsong.com/reviews/miners/


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM

Towards a Collection of Coal-Mining Songs in Canada

No lyrics I could find, but it gives titles of songs from which I'm sure many lyrics could be found.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 01:55 PM

You can do both of these things for yourself but let me show you what you'll get and you can see if it will be useful. Have Fun and Good Luck!!!

See that box up there that says Lyrics Search? Type the word COAL into the box and check only the "DT"........You'll get the songs listed below that have the word coal in them. Not all are what you want of course but I'd venture you will probably find a few:

The Digitrad Results
0.9526 - WHEN THE COAL BLEW AWAY
0.9525 - COAL TOWN ROAD
0.9417 - BLACK JOKE
0.9282 - TWANKY DILLO
0.9201 - THE COAL AND ALBERT BERRY
0.9015 - COME ALL YOU COAL MINERS
0.9015 - COAL BLACK ROSE
0.8912 - DABBLING IN THE DEW
0.8788 - COAL MINING SONG
0.8656 - TWO-CENT COAL
0.8656 - TWO-CENT COAL
0.8656 - THE COAL BLACK JOAK (2)
0.8655 - COAL TATTOO
0.8655 - COAL OWNER AND PITMAN'S WIFE
0.8511 - OLD COAL MINER
0.8510 - WHO'S GOING TO PAY PADDY DOYLE?
0.8510 - SPRINGHILL MINE DISASTER
0.8347 - THE COAL IN THE STONE
0.8347 - PARADISE or Muhlenberg County
0.8169 - WESTRAY REMEMBERED
0.8169 - YOU WON'T GET ME DOWN IN YOUR MINE
0.8169 - WELCOME MOTHER JONES
0.8169 - THE FIREMAN'S SONG
0.8169 - TESTIMONY OF PATIENCE KERSHAW
0.8169 - NINE POUND HAMMER (Roll on Buddy)
0.8169 - DOWN WENT MCGINTY
0.8164 - TWA MAGICIANS
0.8164 - COAL MOUNTAIN BLUES
0.8164 - ROLL DOWN THE LINE
0.8164 - PAY DAY AT COAL CREEK
0.8164 - FAREWELL TO THE MONTY
0.7967 - CANCION A VICTOR
0.7967 - BILLY THE PIT HORSE
0.7967 - GEORDIE BLACK
0.7967 - FIRING THE MAURITANIA
0.7967 - REQUIEM
0.7967 - YOUNG REDIN
0.7967 - WEST VIRGINIA MINING DISASTER
0.7967 - WEE DARK ENGINE ROOM
0.7967 - THE TWO MAGICIANS
0.7967 - THE REST OF THE DAY'S YOUR OWN
0.7967 - THE PLODDER SEAM
0.7967 - THE MINERS' FATE
0.7967 - THE HARD WORKING MINER
0.7967 - THE FOGGY DEW (Irish 2)
0.7967 - THE CRUISE OF THE CALABAR
0.7967 - THE CROSS MOUNTAIN EXPLOSION
0.7967 - THE CREW OF THE WHIRLWIND
0.7967 - THE CREMATION OF SAM MCGEE
0.7967 - THE COURTING CASE
0.7967 - THE BANKS ARE MADE OF MARBLE
0.7967 - SONG OF THE IRON ROAD
0.7967 - SHANTYMAN'S HAIL
0.7967 - PATCHES
0.7967 - MULE ON THE MOUNT
0.7967 - MINING CAMP BLUES
0.7967 - FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD
0.7967 - FALSE LADY
0.7967 - DOWN THE C&O
0.7967 - DARK AS A DUNGEON
0.7967 - COWBOY FIREMAN (TRUSTY LARIAT)
0.7961 - TWO MAGICIANS
0.7961 - THE L & N DON'T STOP HERE ANYMORE
0.7961 - THE EXCISEMAN IN A COAL PIT
0.7961 - THE COAL BARON'S SONG
0.7742 - THOMAS O YONDERDALE
0.7742 - TELFORD'S BRIDGE
0.7742 - THE SULTANA
0.7742 - ROLL, COLUMBIA, ROLL
0.7742 - PITMANS REDUNDANCY PAY
0.7742 - THE MOONSHINE STEER
0.7742 - GYPSY ROVER (2)
0.7742 - KING COTTON
0.7742 - CORNISH LADS
0.7742 - CORNISH LADS
0.7742 - CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO
0.7742 - BYKER HILL 2
0.7742 - IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD 'ARRIS MILL
0.7742 - CLAYTON BOONE
0.7742 - THE CAT
0.7742 - DUW, IT'S HARD
0.7742 - COBLE O CARGILL
0.7742 - COB O'COALING
0.7742 - COB COALING SONG
0.7742 - I AM THE COMMON MAN
0.7742 - HAND ME DOWN ME BIBLE
0.7742 - JAMES TELFER OF THE FAIR DODSHEAD
0.7742 - JACK ORION
0.7742 - IN THE PIT FROM SIN SET FREE
0.7742 - IMAGE OF GOD
0.7742 - THE MAYOR OF BORDEAUX
0.7742 - LORD LIVINGSTON
0.7742 - LITTLE PEE-DEE
0.7742 - NORTH COUNTRY TRAGEDY
0.7742 - THE REST OF THE DAY
0.7742 - TAIL TODDLE
0.7742 - THE SULTANA
0.7742 - STEAMBOAT BILL
0.7742 - THOMAS O YONDERDALE
0.7742 - WRECK OF THE 97
0.7742 - WEDNESBURY COCKING
0.7742 - YOUNG ALLAN
0.7742 - WRECK OF OLD 97
0.7742 - WHITE HOUSE BLUES 2
0.7742 - WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
0.7742 - WHEN IT'S WINTER IN THE KOOTENAYS
0.7742 - WHEN FlRST I WENT TO CALEDONlA
0.7742 - WEXFORD LULLABY
0.7742 - WAGGONER
0.7742 - TOM BEECH'S LAST TRIP
0.7742 - TITANIC (7)
0.7742 - THE TYRE FITTER
0.7742 - THE TEETOTAL SOCIETY
0.7742 - THE SUGAR NOTCH ENTOMBMENT
0.7742 - THE SARACEN
0.7742 - THE RARE OULD TIMES
0.7742 - THE NOEL GIRL
0.7742 - THE NIGHT I STOLE OLD SAMMY MORGAN'S GIN
0.7742 - THE MOLLY MAGUIRES
0.7742 - THE LITTLE RED TRAIN
0.7742 - THE HOLLY BEARS A BERRY (SANS DAY CAROL)
0.7742 - THE GRESFORD DISASTER
0.7742 - THE GAL THAT GOT STUCK
0.7742 - THE FLOWERS OF BERMUDA
0.7742 - THE FLEMINGS OF TORBAY
0.7742 - THE FISHERMAN'S WIFE
0.7742 - THE FEMALE HIGHWAYMAN
0.7742 - ERIE CANAL (MULE NAMED SAL)
0.7742 - THE DARK-EYED CANALLER
0.7742 - THE CELEBRATED WORKINGMAN
0.7742 - THE BOMB
0.7742 - THE BLACKLEG MINERS
0.7742 - BAY OF FUNDY
0.7742 - SPANISH LADY (2)
0.7742 - SIXTEEN TONS
0.7742 - ROSES OF PRINCE CHARLIE
0.7742 - RIVER OF THE BIG CANOE
0.7742 - RECRUITED COLLIER
0.7742 - RAWTENSTALL ANNUAL FAIR
0.7742 - OLD SOUTHERN TOWN
0.7742 - OLD MINER
0.7742 - OLD DAN TUCKER
0.7742 - NELL
0.7742 - MY GAL'S A CORKER
0.7742 - MINER'S PRAYER
0.7742 - MINER'S DOOM
0.7742 - MILWAUKEE BLUES
0.7742 - MIDNIGHT
0.7742 - ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
0.7742 - MCCARTHY's WIDOW
0.7742 - MAYOR OF BAYSWATER'S DAUGHTER
0.7742 - MARY SOMERS
0.7742 - MANYURA, MANYAH!
0.7742 - LOWLANDS OF HOLLAND 6
0.7742 - LOWLANDS OF HOLLAND 5
0.7742 - LOVELY NANCY
0.7742 - LONE ROCK SONG
0.7742 - LOGS TO BURN
0.7742 - LAIRD OF WARISTON
0.7742 - LAIRD OF BLACKWOOD
0.7742 - KEMPY KAY
0.7742 - KAW-LIGA
0.7742 - JOSEPH MICA
0.7742 - JOLLY WELL DRUNK
0.7742 - JOHNNY COPE (2)
0.7742 - JOHN J. CURTIS
0.7742 - JAY GOULD'S DAUGHTER
0.7742 - I KEN SOMETHING
0.7742 - I HATE THE COMPANY BOSSES
0.7742 - I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY IN 1865
0.7742 - HOLY JOE FROM SCABSVILLE
0.7742 - HIGH PART OF THE TOWN
0.7742 - HEAVY-HIPTED WOMAN
0.7742 - HARD LIFE ON THE CUT
0.7742 - HANDSOME MOLLY
0.7742 - GLOW LI'L GLOW-WORM
0.7742 - GENTLE ON MY MIND
0.7742 - FOLK SINGER'S BLUES
0.7742 - FLAG OF BLUE, WHITE AND RED
0.7742 - FISHERMAN'S BLUES
0.7742 - FIREBALL MAIL
0.7742 - FIRE IN THE HOLE
0.7742 - FATHOM THE BOWL
0.7742 - FAREWELL TO THE RHONDDA
0.7742 - FAIR NOTTAMUN TOWN
0.7742 - E-RI-E CANAL
0.7742 - THE ERIE CANAL
0.7742 - ELFIN KNIGHT 5
0.7742 - DUBLIN LADY
0.7742 - DRAGLINES
0.7742 - DOWN IN THE COAL MINE
0.7742 - DIESEL ON MY TAIL
0.7742 - DALESMAN'S LITANY
0.7742 - DADDY, WHAT'S A TRAIN?
0.7742 - CROW JANE BLUES
0.7742 - COTTON MILL BLUES
0.7742 - COLLIER LASS
0.7742 - COAL SHIP SONG
0.7742 - COAL CREEK TROUBLES
0.7742 - CHARLEY HILL'S OLD SLOPE
0.7742 - CASEY JONES
0.7742 - CAPTAIN BILLY AND THE WHALE
0.7742 - CAPE ANN
0.7742 - C & O CANAL LINE
0.7742 - BOYS OF KILKENNY
0.7742 - BLUE WATER LINE
0.7742 - BLUE MONDAY
0.7742 - BLACKJACK DAVEY (2)
0.7742 - BLACK JACK DAVEY
0.7742 - BLACK FOX
0.7742 - BLACK DIAMOND
0.7742 - BARRING OF THE DOOR
0.7742 - ANALIZATION


NOW....Type COAL into the thread search box on the main forum page and you'll get the following list of every thread we've run with coal in the title:


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Coal Mining Songs 5 16 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM Trace
Lyr Req: The Coal Quay Market, air: Preab San Ol 7 08 Jan 10 - 09:54 PM Trace
Number nine coal? 40 28 Nov 09 - 08:20 PM Trace
Coal Mine Songs 104* d 12 Nov 09 - 03:32 AM Trace
'Cob-a-Coaling' for Bonfire Night 3 05 Nov 09 - 02:51 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Close the Coalhouse Door (Alex Glasgow) 29 12 Oct 09 - 06:05 PM Trace
Tune Req: King Death (Coal Black Wine) 4 05 Oct 09 - 12:54 PM Trace
Tune Req: Scandimoot 2008 - Little Coal Boys 3 18 Jul 09 - 02:52 AM Trace
Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe) 30 19 Jun 09 - 09:14 AM Trace
Kathy Mattea's new CD 'COAL' 36 10 May 09 - 03:03 PM Trace
Lyr Req: King Coal 10 07 Mar 09 - 09:36 AM Trace
Down in the Coalmine 17 05 Jan 09 - 12:17 PM Trace
Tune Req: My Wee Coal Hole 1 30 Dec 08 - 02:21 PM Trace
Chords Req: Coal Tattoo (Billy Edd Wheeler) 13 16 Nov 08 - 12:28 PM Trace
Origin: Cob a coalin 61* d 11 Nov 08 - 12:12 PM Trace
Lyr Add: Coal Town Road - Correction 21 01 Oct 08 - 09:54 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe) 7 21 Sep 08 - 04:05 AM Trace
Folklore: Johnny Cope - what are 'the coals'? 24 12 Jun 08 - 08:37 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Coal Man Blues (Peg Leg Howell) 21 10 Nov 07 - 10:22 PM Trace
Coal Mining Songs--New Book + CDs 15 24 Oct 07 - 01:13 PM Trace
Kathy Mattea - 'Coal' album coming 2008 5 11 Oct 07 - 04:41 PM Trace
Origins: Coal Black Rose 30 14 Aug 07 - 05:10 PM Trace
request for a record or cassette-Coaldust Ballads 3 26 Apr 07 - 06:01 PM Trace
Coalbrookdale & Barge - folk group 3 07 Feb 06 - 09:13 AM Trace
happy? - July 14 (Coal Creek Rebellion) 2 15 Jul 05 - 09:29 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Mr. Peabody's Coalmine / Paradise (Prine) 6 30 May 05 - 03:36 AM Trace
Lyr Req: When the Coal Comes from the Rhondda 26 21 May 05 - 12:25 PM Trace
hearts of coal history of coal mining-performance 32 08 Mar 05 - 06:18 PM Trace
'Hearts of Coal' - Coope, Boyes et al - 30 08 Mar 05 - 07:47 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Working at the Coal Face (Dave Webber) 4 19 Jul 04 - 11:10 AM Trace
Lyr Add: The Rise in Coals 1 18 Jun 04 - 06:19 AM Trace
coal mining songs 48 30 Apr 04 - 08:54 AM Trace
Coalowner & Pitman's Wife tune question 20 13 Apr 04 - 05:41 PM Trace
Jenny Toomey - Future of Music Coalition 2 11 Feb 04 - 09:31 AM Trace
Lyr Req: I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (B Shaver) 13 15 Sep 03 - 12:17 AM Trace
Lyr/Tune Req: Coalquay Market 4 06 Jul 03 - 05:35 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Kate of Coalbrookdale 18 03 May 03 - 08:51 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Coal Hole Cavalry (Ted Edwards) 12 10 Sep 02 - 11:16 AM Trace
Lyr Add: Coal Hole Cavalry (Ted Edwards) 2 15 Jun 02 - 09:11 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Close the coal house door 3 11 Jun 02 - 11:54 AM Trace
who comes from coal miners? 72* d 04 Jun 02 - 09:12 PM Trace
Lyr Req: 16 Coal Black Horses, a funeral dirge 8 13 Apr 02 - 12:03 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Michael Roy / Charcoal Man 3 07 Mar 02 - 11:53 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Close the Coalhouse Door 3 13 Feb 02 - 08:37 AM Trace
Lyr Req: 'workin' in the coal mines, goin' down^^^ 3 20 Nov 01 - 05:11 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Coal Mining 1 22 Oct 01 - 07:40 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Thirty-inch coal 4 17 Aug 01 - 11:47 PM Trace
'The Coal in the Stone' 4 25 Jun 01 - 12:55 AM Trace
Lyr Req: reet down in t'coal hole- old'm tink 15 13 Jun 01 - 05:43 PM Trace
Lyr/Chords Req: COAL HOLE CAVALRY 20 06 Jun 01 - 03:18 PM Trace
Aberfan, Close the Coal House Door Lad 3 29 May 01 - 07:55 AM Trace
Lyr Add: Sea Coal (Graeme Miles) ^^ 14 06 Dec 00 - 06:54 PM Trace
Tune Add: BY A FIRE OF GIDGEE COAL 3 21 Nov 00 - 12:24 AM Trace
Lyr Add: Cob O'Coaling 3 29 Oct 00 - 04:51 AM Trace
A coalminer's dream of home 5 09 Oct 00 - 04:39 PM Trace
Lyr Add: Coal not Dole 7 06 Aug 00 - 06:10 PM Trace
Lyr Add: The Coal Trade 1 23 May 00 - 04:18 PM Trace
Lyr Add: Coaly Tyne 2 08 May 00 - 03:55 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Coal by the Sea 6 17 Apr 00 - 11:33 AM Trace
Help: Coal mine disasters/troubles 23 02 Apr 00 - 05:46 AM Trace
Lyr Req: Mr. Peabody's coal train done hauled 6 12 Jan 00 - 10:13 AM Trace
Origin: Coal in the Stone 5 13 Oct 99 - 08:36 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Dark as a Dungeon:Coal Mining Song 7 08 Feb 99 - 06:58 PM Trace
Lyr Req: Old King Coal (from Dave Webber) 3 17 Sep 98 - 09:54 PM Trace
Workin' in a Coal Mine 8 28 Mar 98 - 04:12 PM Trace
coal black lady 1 21 Feb 98 - 10:16 AM Trace
Hard Coal and The Stovewood Man 6 08 Feb 98 - 12:27 PM Trace
Coal Tattoo 5 25 Dec 97 - 11:29 PM Trace
Coal Tatoo 2 19 Aug 97 - 08:16 AM Trace



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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 02:13 PM

Easily the best hard copy source of mining songs from Britain ia A.L. Lloyd's Come All Ye Bold Miners. Lawrence and Wishart 1978. It's almost certainly out of print but well worth hunting down. Make sure you get the second edition, which is a much expanded version of the first, which originally came out in 1952.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 02:19 PM

Music of Coal--some titles anyway.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 06:02 PM

Thw of my favourites:

Coal Town Road

Working Man


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Beer
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 06:06 PM

I could swear that we did this sort of thread before.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 10:09 AM

Not all songs that mention "coal" are about mining it - ie "coal black hair" and coal in the fire, but certainly check out those songs in the Digital Tradition here. You can also search for "@mining" to see the songs that have that keyword (not all are COAL mining, but most are) to get another (overlapping) long list of songs.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 03:26 PM

Mudcatter Seamus Kennedy has a mining trilogy on his CD 'On the Rocks.' As the Dilmar tea advert says, "do try it!"


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 03:51 PM

There are several coal mining songs on British Columbian singer-songwriter Gordon Carter's CD "Diary Of A Coal Town". A Pit Pony's Tale appears on this CD as well as on his other record "Rivers and Roads".


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 05:01 PM

Thanks, Bob the Postman for your message about Gordon Carter. I had never heard of him or his songs... Much appreciated! I like the lyrics to his song, "A Pit Pony's Tale"...!


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 05:05 PM

Thanks, Gurney! I did know about Seamus Kennedy's CD and coal mining songs. Best wishes, Tony


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Joe G
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 05:30 PM

Jez Lowe & Ed Pickford have written some excellent mining (& related) songs based in the North East of England


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: quokka
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 06:37 PM

Follow Me Down Cousin Jack - Show of Hands (not limited to coal but a great mining song)


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 04:07 AM

Anything in A minor?

:D


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 04:07 AM

...or if you want coal mining disasters how about A flat minor...


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: MARINER
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 05:19 AM

Dave Burns' "Last Pit in the Rhondda" on Wobblie Records has some fine songs about coal mining/ miners .


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 05:55 AM

I played a song called "Pneumoconiosis Blues" when I DJ'd in New Zealand.

Can't see referrences to it on the Web. It was on an American LP of Black Blues artists. Can't remember the label.

I thought I had posted about it years ago but even the 'Cat can't remember it.

("Miner's Lung" since you ask)


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 08:04 AM

Blickie for several audio clips from Nova Scotian coal miners' choir The Men Of The Deeps.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 08:15 AM

Just remembered a reasonably new one - Sting's 'We work the black seam' - I think that is what it is called anyway. Not strictly about coal mining but the use of neuclear power vs coal. Not sure which one wins out but it is a pretty good song.

DeG


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: breezy
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 09:13 AM

'If I had A son' by Millichip, Newport Gwent

a former miner saying how he would not want his son to follow in his footsteps


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: henryclem
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 11:56 AM

I'd go along with Joe G's earlier recommendation (Jez Lowe & Ed Pickford). There's a terrific version of Ed's "Strange Lover Is The Coalmine" on Tom McConville's 2008 album Tommy on Song.

My own songs - "Orgreave" (mentioned earlier by Ray Padgett and recorded by him for Yorkshire Garland) and "Pitworld" - can be heard on
http://myspace.com/henryclements

Henry


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Roy Peckham
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 02:29 PM

The Pit Pony Sanctuary Pontypridd are working on some video shorts on some of the small private mines & the Ponies they used. One is up on You tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042xrlgDiIg   With the soundtrack of a Choir singing Myfanwy. It would be nice to have a public domain track of someone singing about mines & ponies on the next one. Any Ideas?

We are a small Charity. We have a petition running on a Government website to "STOP THE USE OF PIT PONIES UNDERGROUND". Would you please sign the petition and help us tell others. You will find the petition at www.visitpitponies.co.uk/petition Perhaps you could cut & Paste this email into your system and send it to all the e-mail addresses on your system for us. Thank you for helping us help them.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: mg
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 03:44 PM

I was just reading somewhere...I think in an actual book..about a Polish person in PA USA who wrote mining songs. He was not an actual miner but more of a sorter or screener up top.

I would love someone to write about the Balmaidens? of Cornwall.

It would also be nice to collect in other languages...Welsh of course, Italian, Polish, Ukraine..mg


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 03:59 PM

Chris Morris and Huw Pudner have written a song about the end of coal mining in their home village of Skewen in South Wales.The song is called 'Skewen Main 1925.
ifor'


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRANDDAD AND THE PIT (Martin Nesbitt)
From: Rank
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 02:22 PM

Old King Coal by John Kirkpatrick

Coorie Doon by Matt Mcginn

Song of the Pit by Jack Coterell and recorded by Muckram Wakes on Warbles Banbles and Reeds. Written to raise funds during the miners' strike.

Grandad and the Pit by Martin Nesbitt of Saltburn. May not be to everybody's taste, but I like it.

GRANDDAD AND THE PIT
Martin Nesbitt

Granddad, won't you tell us,
Now that you're old and grey,
Tell us where you used to work,
Back in the olden days?
And granddad, I've often wondered,
Though I've never asked before,
Why do you lay in bed all day,
And you don't work no more?

Lass, I were a miner,
And I worked in a place called a pit.
A pit is a dark and dirty hole,
And I worked in the bottom of it, digging out coal.
They burn coal on fires, bonny lass,
To keep folks warm from the cold,
And I toiled down that pit all my working days,
Till I lost my job, when I got too old.

Granddad, won't you tell us,
Now that you're old and grey,
Tell us why you cough so much,
All the night and day?
And granddad, I've often wondered,
Why do you wear that mask,
What could have made your lungs so ill?
Was it coal dust from the past?

Lass, I were a miner,
And I worked in a place called a pit.
A pit is a dark and dirty hole,
And I worked in the bottom of it, digging out coal.
They burn coal on fires, bonny lass,
To keep folks warm from the cold,
And I toiled down that pit all my working days,
Till I lost my job, when I got too old.

Granddad, won't you tell us,
Now that you're old and grey,
Why did the doctor say to mam,
You'll not see another day?
And granddad, I'm getting worried,
You're looking awful pale,
What could have made you so ill?
Oh, you look so weak and frail.

Lass, I were a miner,
And I worked in a place called a pit.
A pit is a dark and dirty hole,
And I worked in the bottom of it, digging out coal.
They burn coal on fires, bonny lass,
To keep folks warm from the cold,
And I toiled down that pit all my working days,
Till I lost my job, when I got too ……..

Granddad. Granddad. Granddad.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,2581
Date: 24 Jan 10 - 04:32 PM

Thanks, quokka ! I had never heard of "Cousin Jack". What a great song!!
                   Best wishes, Tony


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 25 Jan 10 - 09:18 AM

"Ghosts of Appalachia" by JT Oglesby.... soon to be released

'You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" Daryl Scott... a winner


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:25 AM

Just listened to Radio 2's "Ballad of the miners strike" which featured a song with a chorus starting "it'll all be over in a fortnight" doas any one know the words please.
Ray if you pick up this thread, i'm sure you will.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: quokka
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 10:18 AM

Thanks, Tony (guest 2581) - it(Follow Me Down Cousin Jack) IS good isn't it! I may think of an Aussie one...later. Got a lot on just now.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,clarke
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 07:19 PM

Anyone have the lyrics and chords to Coal Mine Saturday Night?


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Mad Jock
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 06:50 AM

What about the   classic " Coal not Dole" by Kate Sutcliffe. Heard a fantastic version of it by singer Angie Wright.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Bardford
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 09:46 AM

Coal Dust Grins
Canadian coal mining songs.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 10:36 AM

My friend David Llewellyn won the Lennon Prize for his great mining song, Take Me Down - he's touring in Wales right now.
Frank Hennessy has played this on Celtic Heartbeat a number of times.
See http://www.davidllewellyn.com/lyrics.html

Chris in Portland


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 04:16 PM

Miner's Lullaby - Utah Phillips song about miners carrying morphine in case of an underground disaster.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,MadauntieCat
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 04:35 PM

I don't suppose a silly song about dwarves mining gold (to the tune of 'Delilah') is quite the thing?


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: lisa null
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 05:38 PM

I sing "i work in the Mines"-- from the anthracite region around Scranton. It's on my Folk-Legacy cd, "American Primitive." It comes from the singing of "Giant" O'Neill. It expresses some of the pride miners have about their work as well as the difficulty.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 07:06 PM

Matt McGinn, of the Calton wrote a "miners lullaby",
Townes van Zandt's Tecumsah Valley is about the daughter of a miner, Dick Gaughan's "Why old men cry" has a verse about the Lothian pits worked by his father.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: deepdoc1
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 07:22 PM

Jean Ritchie's Black Waters is worth a look.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,darlingflute
Date: 21 Jan 11 - 03:45 PM

I am looking for the lyrics to "That 25 Cents You Paid" by Sarah Gunning, "Which Side Are You On?" by Florence Reece, and "Coal Mining Women" by Hazel Dickens -- and I need them as they are on the CD "Coal Mining Women." I've found a number of versions on the web but can't find any that are exactly like the recording and there are parts I can't quite catch when transcribing the words.

Anyone have any help?

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: gnu
Date: 21 Jan 11 - 04:43 PM

Here's another one.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Bobert
Date: 21 Jan 11 - 04:52 PM

No "coal mine song" thread would be complete without John Prine's "Paradise"

...Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away...

B~


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Willa
Date: 21 Jan 11 - 04:56 PM

The Collier Lass and The Testimony of Patience Kershaw are both in the DT and the latter is on the Yorkshire Garland website that Ray mentioned.
http://www.yorkshirefolksong.net/


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Shrubby
Date: 27 Mar 11 - 10:28 PM

Doeas anyone have the words to "Miner's Lament" by the New Lost City Ramblers?


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,NormanD
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 03:26 AM

Don't forget "New York Mining Disaster 1941" by The Bee Gees. If you don't think this is valid, ask Martin Carthy why he recorded a version.

There are other mining songs from non-western countries - an excellent South African one by Hugh Masakela about gold mine workers, for example.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Max Johnson
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 09:02 AM

My favourites:

'Rap Her To Bank'.
'Blackleg Miner'.
'Paradise'.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: JohnB
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 12:40 AM

Lots of good un's here.
http://www.bobfoxmusic.com/
HOW ARE YOU OFF FOR COALS?    FECD111
Bob Fox and Benny Graham (2001)
Sorry could not be bothered with two blue clickies for the same site.
John.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Ron B
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 07:05 PM

The "Donegal Weavers" recently released a mining CD called "Last Day of the Northern Field." It includes a selection of 21 songs and tunes from the NE Pennsylvania anthracite coal fields.


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: BLACK FLOWERS (Lynn Miles)
From: Janie
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 01:34 PM

I've gone through the several coal mining song threads and also searched under the song title and the author, and as best I can tell, no one has mentioned "Black Flowers" by Lynn Miles. (I just heard it for the 1st time this morning.)

BLACK FLOWERS

Capo IV

E7: 022130

Intro: (Am)(G)(Am)

I live beside this (G)dark coal mine
The (Am)whistle blows every (E)day on time(E7)
When the (Am)rain pours down and the (G)wind blows hard
Black (Am)flowers (G)grow in my (Am)yard (G)(Am)

And when I (Am)lost my man down that (G)old coal shaft
I (Am)swear I heard the (E)devil laugh(E7)
The (Am)angels laughed and they (G)took my heart
Now black (Am)flowers (G)grow in my (Am)yard

And the (Fmaj7)undertaker is a (C)busy man
He got a (Am)clean blue shirt, got (E)soft pink hands(E7)
Got a (Am)big driveway and a (G)brand new car
Black (Am)flowers (G)grow in my (Am)yard

And when the (Fmaj7)baby cries, I sing (C)hush little one
But I (Am)swear that I'm gonna (E)come undone(E7)
Cause when the (Am)rain pours down and the (G)wind blows hard
Black (Am)flowers (G)grow in my (Am)yard
Black flowers (G)grow in my (Am)yard
Black flowers (G)grow in my (Am)yard (G)(Am)(G)(Am)

Lynn Miles performing "Black Flowers"

It spoke to me because it reminds of my grandmother who was still in bed with a new baby when my grandfather was killed down a coal shaft.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Bobert
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 04:06 PM

Anyone mention Marty Stuart's "Coal Mine Blues"??? I saw another post with a song with the same name but not sure if they are the same...

Also, seems to me that Journey did a nice song about an accident in a coal mine??? I know I have it somewhere but not sure where...

B~


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: bradfordian
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 07:10 PM

Pony Driving Song by Yorkshire's Bill Price. Also performed by his daughters Ruth and Sadie.


Bill Price website (updated)


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 07:27 PM

Lynn Miles... Black Flowers

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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 07:34 PM

BTW... thank you for intrducing Lynn's music to me Little Hawk. And, congrats to you for owning that guitar she is playing in that video. You must be a fair (hehehehe... yeah, I know) musician in yer own right for her to gift you with it.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Will
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 07:32 PM

Southern Sun bluegrass band from Corbin Ky sing one called the Battle of Blair Mountain


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 08:04 PM

Rhe Coal in the Stone is a wonderful one
As is Fountain Filled With Blood


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 04:35 AM

"Morley Main" by Keith Marsden on Cockersdales albums "Picking Sooty Blackberies" (also on "Doin' the Manch") is certainly my favourite mining disaster song. Keith certainly was good with words and in many of his songs there was a very poignant message.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DAY WE STOPPED THE TRAIN (Mick Tems)
From: GUEST,Guest: Bill Jones
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 10:54 AM

In 1985, just after the year-long Miners' Strike and the subsequent closure of Penrhiwceibr Colliery in the Cynon Valley, the Welsh daily The Western Mail reported that coal trains were being halted and being "robbed" of their black gold, not just in the Cynon Valley but everywhere in the South Wales coalfield. To commemorate this mementous occasion, Mick Tems of Calennig wrote this rumbustious song, which goes to the tune of St David's Day:

THE DAY WE STOPPED THE TRAIN

1. Our fathers built this Valley on the wealth from underground,
We fought to win the riches, we stood upright, straight and sound;
Now they've thrown us on the heap, boys, like the spoil we're cast away,
But we struck a blow for Cynon just before St David's Day.

Chorus:
For our hearts were full of sorrow, full of hardship, full of pain;
But we struck a blow for Cynon on the day we stopped the train.

2. We fought to win the strike, Boys, drove the traitors from our midst,
It took a year to beat us, then we topped the closure list;
Have you tried to raise a family on the pittance from the dole
Or faced a bitter winter to poor to pay for coal?

Chorus

3. There's no need to tell the details of the raid upon the train,
No need to say who planned it - they could do the same again;
But we blocked the line with sleepers, stopped the engine in its tracks,
Poured tons and tons of big, black gold and we went and filled the sacks.

Chorus

4. Like the bad old nineteen-thirties families scrabble in the heaps,
And your wife counts out the coppers from her empty purse then weeps,
But the poor and the sick and aged no longer freeze like ice,
For we've got our coal at a quarter of Margaret Thatcher's price.

Chorus

5. Now they tell it through Cwm Cynon, Mountain Ash and Aberdare,
The day McGregor paid his dues - were you there, boys, were you there?
And the fire will still be blazing, blazing late into the night,
For the memories of Saint David's Eve will keep our hopes alight.

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 03:50 PM

Chris Hastings and Huw Pudner have written a song called 'Black Diamonds and Iron' about the enormous changes in the South Wales valley

chorus

'The valley's been looted
They stripped it all bare
From the Tawe and Taff
To the banks of the Dare
Black diamonds and iron
In millions of tonnes
Came from the valley
Where the river still runs'


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 06:12 PM

In March 2012 we staged a couple of concerts of Mining Songs in Edinburgh and Glasgow: on the whole these featured songs from the the Scottish coalfields and NE of England but with a couple from further afield. Artists included Gifford Lind, Scott Murray, Mick West, Jim Bainbridge and 4-piece band Ragged Glory from Newtongrange, one of the Midlothian mining areas.
Here's the list of songs sung, some of which have already been mentioned above:

Schooldays Over        
I Wish I was a Miner        
Aff Tae the Pit in the Mornin                        
The Miner's Rescue                         
The Multicoloured PIt Pony                        
Doon in the Darkly Pit                        
Hard Days But Happy Days                        
Miners' Medley                                                
The Pound a Week Rise                        
The Night-Visiting Song                        
The Durham Miner's Gala                        
Me Hair Has Turned Grey                         
Ower the Walls Oot                         
The Durham Miners' Strike                         
The Big Hewer                
The Old Miner                         
The Coaltown Road                
The Midlothian Miners' Song                 
The Recruited Collier                        
Collier Laddie                        
Prince of Darkness                        
Coorie Doon                        
Six Jolly Miners                
The Blantyre Explosion                
Dark as a Dungeon                
Farewell to the Gold (N Zealand)                         
Harold's Best Men/Farewell Johnny Miner                        
Roll On the Day
Miner's Lifeguard                         
19 Streets                 
The Miners' Raws                                 
The Bowhill Colliery Pug                 
Poem - I am the Common Man                         1
Remembrance Day Song                 
The Miner's Lass
Fordell Ball                                                        
Me Hair Has Turned Grey                
Rap at a Bank/Jowl Jowl and Listen                
The Durham Lockout                
The Durham Emigrant                         
The Night-Visiting Song                        
Winter Sun


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,Brian Gill
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 02:30 PM

Shouldn't the title be "Rap Her Tae Bank, Me Canny Lads"?


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: BrendanB
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 02:51 PM

Have you come across 'Schooldays over' by Ewan McColl. Also 'The Collier Lad' by Johnny Handle. My choir have linked them together in a trilogy which starts with 'Coal Hole Cavalry'. Just a thought.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WORKING MAN (Rita MacNeil)
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 12:14 PM

Definitely the late Rita MacNeil's "Working Man".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-EiwiiAh68

Chorus

It's a working man l am
And I've been down under ground
And I swear to God if ever see the sun
Or for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again will go down under ground

At the age of sixteen years
Oh he quarrels with his peers
Who vowed they'd never see another one
In the dark recess of the mines
Where you age before your time
And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs

Chorus

At the age of sixty-four
Oh he'll greet you at the door
And he'll gently lead you by the arm
Through the dark recess of the mines
Oh he'll take you back in time
And he'll tell you of the hardships that were had

Chorus

(Repeat Chorus)

(Repeat Chorus)

God I never again will go down under ground


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: selby
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 01:34 PM

How about Lofthouse Colliery Disaster I sung it in the past but cannot remember the words,
Keith


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 01:56 PM

Have a look on youtube Keith.
Three Sheets T'Wind Lofthouse Colliery Disaster.
Sounds good, thanks for pointing it out.
Did you manage to find the words Ray?
Dennis


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: selby
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 03:26 PM

Dennis
I dont think its the song I sang, I believe the song I sang was written by a miner shortly after the disaster.
Memory overheating to try and remember.
Keith


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 05:46 PM

RIP Rita MacNeil
Your "Working Man" was one of the greatest coal mining songs!


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: selby
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 03:13 AM

On the search for the song I sang came across this interesting web page.
http://www.dmm-pitwork.org.uk/html/menu6.htm
Keith


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: r.padgett
Date: 20 Apr 13 - 03:42 AM

Pit work is I believe a website created by my old school mate Daz Beattie who lives in Grimethorpe a community totally decimated by MT in 1885

Ray


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: selby
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 07:35 AM

I believe the song I used to sing about Lofthoyse Colliery Disaster was written by Sam/Stan Richards from Totnes Devon and written in 1973.
Keith


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Dennis the Elder
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 09:54 AM

The Pitwork site is certainly worth a visit or two, thanks Keith and Ray.

I did not realise "she" was that old Ray!!

Dennis


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST,olddude
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 10:26 AM

here is one I wrote
Owens Appalachia


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Stringsinger
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 11:08 AM

Archie Green has written a must read on miner's songs and folklore.

"Only a Miner", a great folklore dissertation and entertaining read.


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: Tradsinger
Date: 21 Apr 13 - 01:04 PM

In Gloucestershire, we have the song "The Jovial Foresters" all about coal-mining in the Forest of Dean.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THE MINERS FOUGHT FOR SPAIN
From: GUEST,Lavengro
Date: 22 Apr 13 - 06:20 AM

Hi Guest,

Not sure if you will be interested in this. It is not in the usual hardship and disaster theme of many mining songs, but it is still a mining song.

In 1936 Oswald Mosley's blackshirts arrived uninvited in Tonypandy and started setting up hustings to promote their politics. The miners and women of Tonypandy ensured that they didn't get to speak a word. Only the locals were arrested by the police, and a half dozen or so got gaoled. It was the final straw for some in terms of signing up to the International Brigade, indeed one of those arrested, Harry Dodson, is said to have been so incensed that when he left gaol his first question was "Which way is Spain". Anyways this is my take on it:


   WHEN THE MINERS FOUGHT FOR SPAIN

   Em      C               G                  D
No Paseran the cry went up from Rhondda through to Spain
Em       C             D                   Em
And the men who said they shall not pass won't pass this way again

    G               C                D             G         
They poured out from the mine and marched to Tonypandy square
Word had reached the pithead Moseley's blackshirts gathered there
Lies are better silenced if they're stopped before they start
The men of Pandy town engraved this maxim on their hearts

CHORUS- Break G C Em D Em

The Peelers came in four abreast, there to end the affray
Shook hands with the fascist thugs and sent them on their way
Thirty six arrests were made but no blackshirts God forbid
When Harry Dobsen left his cell he asked "Which way to Madrid"?

Five hundred men from British soil died in a foreign land
On beaches filled with tourists now they drew their line in the sand
Let us not forget these men their rifles at their sides
Who stood in mountain trenches, and turned the fascist tide

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Coal Mining Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jul 13 - 06:07 AM

Does somebody when the song Coorie Doon was recorded by McGinn for the first time?


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