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Black Diamonds (Cherry Mine Fire)
by Ray Tutaj, Jr.

See also: Cherry Mine Fire

On the Net:
• Ray Tutaj, Jr. web site
• Cherry Mine Fire web site
• Cherry Mine Disaster Narration by Ray Tutaj, Jr.
• Contact Ray Tutaj, Jr.
• Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster
   by Karen Tintori



November 13th, 1909, tragedy at the Cherry mine
Two hundred and fifty-nine, miners lost in a hungry fire
History, what have we here?
Misery, for souls to bear

Down below in the smoke-filled mine,
There were twenty-one men yet still alive
Eight days they fought to survive,
In the jaws of death they would not die
Theyíre alive, still alive
In a fight, fightiní for their lives.

Hold on and donít let go, donít give up or youíll never know
With a little faith and a little hope, and a little prayer, and itíll get you there

The air was thin and poisoning, and the darkness caused delirium
No food nor water to nourish them, just a seed of faith to comfort them
They believed, oh they believed
They would see, blue skies again

Hold on and donít let go, donít give up or youíll never know
With a little faith and a little hope, and a little prayer and it will get you there.

What a sight it must have been
For those twenty-one men to rise again
Rescued from the pits of hell
With a story only they could tell
I believe, I do believe
If you believe, you will achieve.

When all the world comes crashing down
Like trapped coal miners in the ground
And you feel like youíve been left to die
And the world above canít hear your cry

Believe, itís gonna be alright
Believe, thereís gonna be some light
Believe, itís gonna be alright
Believe, thereís gonna be sunlight.

Copyright Ray Tutaj, Jr.



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