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In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia
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Down in the dark of the Cumberland Mine
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There's blood on the coal and the miners lie
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In the roads that never saw sun nor sky (2x)
In the town of Springhill, you don't sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roll
When the earth is restless, miners die
Bone and blood is the price of coal
In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia
Late in the year of fifty-eight
Day still comes and the sun still shines
But it's dark as the grave in the Cumberland mine
Down at the coal face, miners working
Rattle of the belt and the cutter's blade
Rumble of the rock and the walls closed round
The living and the dead men two miles down
Twelve men lay two miles from the pitshaft
Twelve men lay in the dark and sang
Long hot days in the miners tomb
It was three feet high and a hundred long
Three days past and the lamps gave out
Our foreman rose on his elbow and said
We're out of light and water and bread
So we'll live on song and hope instead
Listen for the shouts of the barefaced miners
Listen thru the rubble for a rescue team
Six hundred feet of coal and slag
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam
Eight days passes and some were rescued
Leaving the dead to lie alone
Thru all their lives they dug their grave
Two miles of earth for a marking stone
In the town of Springhill, you don't sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roll
When the earth is restless, miners die
Bone and blood is the price of coal
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By Peggy Seeger, recorded by Ewan MacColl
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    Joanna_McPhersonApr 19, 2009 at 11:08 am
    I remeber it being performed by the CBC's singalong Jubilee chorus sometime in the early to middle 60's and a Nova Scotia blue grass band had a version of it out with in couple weeks of the actuall disaster. Like many, if not all, disaster songs this one is a commerative or memorial for the men who died in the disaster. Springhill Nova Scotia (more recently home of Anne Murray) is still a coaling town and could again face the same kind of bump which flattened the Cumberland in 1958.

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