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U2 – Springhill Mining Disaster lyrics
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This reads like the transcript of the U2 performance I attended in Worchester ma many years ago. I remember Bono talking about the song before performing it. My ears perked up because my Great Uncle, Bill Turnbull was one of the miners who died in the '58 bump. I was so suprised to hear U2 was going to sing a tribute to that disaster which had personal meaning to me. I also remember Bono stopping the song to tell the crowd to shut up - I agreed with him; he was trying to honor those who died, but the crowd just wanted entertainment. He performed the song and then moved on to the more "popular" tunes. Since then, I've had a soft spot for U2.
Actually this song predates U2 by several decades. I remeber it being performed by the cbc's singalong Jubilee chorus sometime in the early 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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