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Mining Music

The Quecreek Nine
David Morgan 2002



Like Jesus who arose after 3 days in the ground
Nine miners emerged after 3 days down
Displaying a resolve that defies all the odds
Giving credit to the rescuers, their families and god

The situation facing the Quecreek team
Gave a whole new meaning to grim
Two out in the 9th nobody on
The chances of victory -- none and slim

Too much raging water, not enough heat
Two flickering lamps & only hope to eat
Though the miners rejoiced when a bucket floated by
With a cold meat sandwich, one bite but it was dry

(chorus) 9 imprisoned, 9 arisen, 9 nearly died, 9 survived
When you take your swings and go 9 for 9

You're batting a thousand that's perfection defined
Up top hope flourished till a drill bit broke,
Causing the most confident to wonder
If it was time to let go, absorb the blow

Nine lives for a map-maker's blunder
It would take a lot more than skill and hard work
To bring the team home in tact
They needed a miracle the kind you always read about
That make you question what is fiction what is fact

Time signed on with the enemy
Each minute edging closer to catastrophe
The team stayed warm by huddling together
Wondering whether they'd ever hear the sound of a drill
Or if the words they scribbled in the darkens
Were in fact their final wills

Revisiting prayers from years long past
They fished for faith that was fading fast
Each silently admitted the hour was getting late
But none would succumb to the obvious fate

(chorus) 9 imprisoned, 9 arisen, 9 nearly died, 9 survived
When you take your swings and go 9 for 9
You're batting a thousand that's perfection DEVINE!

Like Jesus who arose after 3 days in the ground
Nine miners emerged after 3 days down
Displaying a resolve that defies all the odds
Giving credit to the rescuers, their families and god



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