Today’s New Music Monday is a slight change of pace. This is a cover of a song written by Peggy Seeger and Ewan McColl, called “The Ballad of Springhill” (also known as “The Springhill Mining Disaster”):
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The Ballad of Springhill
In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia
Down in the dark of the Cumberland Mine
There’s blood on the coal and the miners lie
In the roads that never saw sun nor sky.
In the town of Springhill, you don’t sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roar
When the earth is restless, miners die
Bone and blood is the price of coal.
Day still comes and the sun still shines
But it’s dark as the grave in the Cumberland mine.
Three days past and the lamps gave out
And Caleb Rushton got up and and said
There’s no more water, or light, or bread
So we’ll live on song and hope instead.
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.
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