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Lyr Req: The Burns Pit Disaster 1909 (Bill Sables)

skarpi 25 Mar 11 - 06:49 PM
GUEST,John MacKenzie 25 Mar 11 - 06:53 PM
skarpi 25 Mar 11 - 06:54 PM
bill\sables 26 Mar 11 - 09:46 AM
bill\sables 26 Mar 11 - 11:09 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Burns Pit Disaster-Bill Sable...
From: skarpi
Date: 25 Mar 11 - 06:49 PM

hallo all , does any one have this lyric ??

I can´t reach my friend Bill ....

untill then

kv Skarpi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Burns Pit Disaster-Bill Sable...
From: GUEST,John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Mar 11 - 06:53 PM

Try contacting him on Facebook, don't think he comes in here much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Burns Pit Disaster-Bill Sable...
From: skarpi
Date: 25 Mar 11 - 06:54 PM

will do
:O)
kv Skarpi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Burns Pit Disaster-Bill Sable...
From: bill\sables
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 09:46 AM

Hi Scarpi, I'll have to look up the lyrics and send them to you. The song was about the Burns Pit Disaster in Stanley Co. Durham on 15th February 1905. An explosion occured and killed 168 mnen and boys. My father heard the explosion from about three miles away and ran to the pit head which was crowded with wives and children of the miners. Twenty six miners were found still alive. I wrote the song way back in the 60s for a documentary film about the disaster and recorded it on an LP (Bill Sables WRS027) in about 1968.
Cheers Bill


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BURNS PIT DISASTER 1909 (Bill Sables)
From: bill\sables
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 11:09 AM

I got a few facts wrong in the last post; It was on 16th February 1909 and thirty miners got out.
I have, however, found the origional words.

Burns Pit Disaster 1909

In Stanley town in 1909
On a Tuesday afternoon
Thirty lives from a pit were saved
But many more had met their doom

It was in the second month of the year
All upon the sixteenth day
When a blast occurred in the Burns pit
And one hundred and sixty-eight passed away

The families who thronged the pit-shaft head
Shed many a bitter tear
Then the telephone rang from the Tilley Seam
Saying "There's twenty-six still alive down here"

They had heard a bang and the lights went out
And a cloud of dust had appeared
So they ran for the safety at the end of the seam
And there they sat and they sang and prayed

A rescue team went down next day
For to see how things did stand
They were met with the sight of their workmates bold
Lying dead with their picks and their shovels in their hands

A few days passed and the burial came
And the mourners lined the way
They were laid to rest in two mass graves
All hundred and sixty eight who died that day


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Burns Pit Disaster-Bill Sable...
From: skarpi
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 12:04 PM

Thank you Bill .
now start practicing .
kv Skarpi


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