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Tank's Poetry
united states mine rescue association
Mine Disasters in
the United States


Mining Music

Last Words (excerpt)
By Henry Russell
Lyrics by Diana Jones



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Still alive, but the air is getting bad
Oh, how I love you, Mary
I have made my peace with God
Oh, how I love you, Mary

You did not ask why I go down in the mine
Oh, how I love you, Mary
It was for the children, it was for better times
Oh, how I love you, Mary

Stay in America and give the kids a home
Oh, how I love you, Mary
Marry another, you should not be alone
Oh, how I love you, Mary

We are weakening, our hearts are beating fast
Oh, how I love you, Mary
We think about our families and we do not feel bad
Oh, how I love you, Mary

They will lay me in a pauper's grave
Oh, how I love you, Mary
Tell my father my soul is saved
Oh, how I love you, Mary

Meet me in heaven, I'll wait for you there
Oh, how I love you, Mary
Oh, how I love you, Mary
Oh, how I love you, Mary
Oh, how I love you, Mary



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