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Lyr Req: The Miner's Song (from J.P. Cormier)

Beer 16 Mar 02 - 11:40 AM
Giac 16 Mar 02 - 12:10 PM
Beer 16 Mar 02 - 12:21 PM
Sorcha 16 Mar 02 - 12:31 PM
Giac 16 Mar 02 - 12:36 PM
GUEST,Marion 16 Mar 02 - 03:50 PM
gnu 16 Mar 02 - 03:54 PM
GUEST,Marion 16 Mar 02 - 03:57 PM
Giac 16 Mar 02 - 04:51 PM
Beer 16 Mar 02 - 07:43 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 16 Mar 02 - 11:51 PM
GUEST,Marion 19 Mar 02 - 01:33 PM
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Subject: J.P. Cormier
From: Beer
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 11:40 AM

A few years ago I heard a very touching song at the Montreal Celtic Festival by J.P. Cormier. He sang a song called The Miner's Son or maybe it was the Miner's Child. After looking at his C/D releases it does not appear that he has recorded it. Maybe some other Maritimer has. George from Chebucto any idea? Beer


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: Giac
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 12:10 PM

Hi, Beer --

Here is a link to Miner's Child's Dream, in the DT. Notes say it was recorded by Doc Watson. On that page is a link to a midi. Don't know if this is what you seek, good luck.

Click Here

Mary


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: Beer
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 12:21 PM

Thank's Mary but that was not the one. Beer


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: Sorcha
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 12:31 PM

Here's a couple more to check out.....if it's not them do you have any snippets we could work with?

Miner's Son
another one


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: Giac
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 12:36 PM

And yet another one, with Cormier featured on fiddle on the pertinent song:

Clicky


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: GUEST,Marion
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 03:50 PM

Beer, I wonder if J.P. sang "The Miner's Song" (I think that's the title). I've heard it sung by John Allan Cameron, another Cape Bretoner, but I don't know who wrote it. Does this sound familiar:

first verse:
Billy's first breath was the last for his mother
He was born on the edge of a town called Glace Bay
And all that he had was himself and his father
They lived in a house 'bout a mile down the way.
His dad was a big man who worked as a miner
Billy grew more to be like him each day
Cause every boy's dream was to work with his father
In the mine that runs under the bay

Chorus:
My son, he said, don't be a miner
Cause it's hard work and too little pay
You dig in that hole for the company's coal
And you wind up just digging your grave.

If this is the one, I have it on tape and I could write out the rest of the words for you.

Marion


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: gnu
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 03:54 PM

Where Is JP from ?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: GUEST,Marion
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 03:57 PM

JP is from Cape Breton, which is an island in Nova Scotia with a disproportionately high number of musicians. And miners.

Marion


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: Giac
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 04:51 PM

Hey, Marion --

That's sounds good, it would be appreciated if you could post the rest of the words.

Thank you ~:o)

Mary


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: Beer
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 07:43 PM

Marion, that's the one. Thank you I will look up some of John Allan's stuff. Unfortunately for me the words are not good enough as I heard this tune a few years back and cannot remember how it goes. I will be checking out the record stores . Thanks to all. Adrien


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 11:51 PM

Hi. I don't remember the song. Will look. JP writes a number of his own songs, so it could be his own composition as well.

JP was born in the town of Bridgewater, and worked as a young musician. His parents are from the Cheticamp area of Cape Breton where he and his wife, Hilda, now live. For quite a number of years before he moved to Cape Breton, he lived and worked as a session musician in Nashville. JP plays (in no specific order), fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and bass. Probably a few others which I don't recall. HE's a great musician, and plays many different styles.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MINER'S SONG (from John Allan Cameron
From: GUEST,Marion
Date: 19 Mar 02 - 01:33 PM

The Miner's Song

Billy's first breath was the last for his mother
He was born on the shores of a town called Glace Bay
And all that he had was himself and his father
They lived in a house 'bout a mile down the way.
His dad was a big man and worked as a miner
Billy grew more to be like him each day
'Cause every boy's dream was to work with his father
In the mine that ran under the bay.

Chorus:
"My son," he said, "Don't be a miner
Cause it's hard work and too little pay
You dig in that hole for the company's coal
Y'wind up just digging your grave."

Billy grew older but never grew wiser
Fighting and drinking his young life away
He reached for the top but wound up on the bottom
Of the mine that ran under the bay.

Chorus

They say that it happened one morning in April
A cave-in that's number eleven that day
Billy got there as his dad reached the surface
And his dying words he did say:

Chorus

I'm still not sure who wrote the song. I've heard John Allan Cameron sing it a couple of times, but he said once that it had the best opening line of any song he knew, which (hopefully) means that he didn't write it. It's also been recorded by McGinty, which I believe to be a celtish pub cover band based in Halifax (probably George can confirm or deny this).

Glace Bay is a town in Cape Breton which used to be a major mining centre and is now sort of the "wrong side of the tracks" in CB. It's the site of the Miner's Museum, where retired miners give tours of a retired mine, and the setting of the great film "Margaret's Museum".

Marion


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier - Miner's Song
From: GUEST,Fraoch
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 07:01 PM

This song appears to be by Denis Conn, but I'm afraid I don't know anything about him. If anyone else does, I'd be interested to learn more about him.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier - Miner's Song
From: Beer
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 10:03 PM

2002 and this thread has been revived! unbelievable.
I have been singing this number in a few coffee houses. Thanks to Mudcat members for their contributions.

It has been awhile GUEST,Fraoch but that name is familiar for some reason.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: J.P. Cormier - Miner's Song
From: GUEST,Pam
Date: 05 Jan 14 - 08:16 AM

Hi I have the words for this song and also the tune is on you tube but I really need the chords if anyone has them please x Pam


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