Dyin’ for the Coal

Dyin’ for the Coal 

Smouldering and sinking abandoned mine

 

words & lyrics by Mike Buchman
©2009

There’s shafts a-dug all though these hills
Laced under the towns and fields
Where the miners went to dig the coal
For Mr. Carnegie

(Chorus)
And our men folk were all tinged black
From chasing Caregie’s gold
Now, their chins are all scrubbed clean
But, they’re still dying for the coal

Fires burned below for many a year
Turf hot all the seasons round
And the sooty snow would never stick
On our steel country ground

Chorus

Now the coal-hungry mills are all rusted out
But the shafts still comb these hills
And the timbers that used to hold them up
Are down there crumbling still

(Bridge)
There’s houses falling into sink holes
Old lungs that no longer fill
And while they are crowing about progress
The coal is a killing still

There’s shafts a-dug all though these hills
Laced under the towns and fields
Where the miners went to dig the coal
For Mr. Carnegie
For Mr. Carnegie
For Mr. Carnegie

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