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Mining Music

Upper Big Branch
By Holy Water and Whiskey

From their CD titled Miners, Outlaws and Other Relatives

Web site: www.holywaterandwhiskey.com
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See also: Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster



Oh the roads in West Virginia wind and twist to the mines,
But the entries underground run in straight dark lines.
On an early April Monday, when the shift was in the mine,
An explosion shook the workings, the final count was twenty nine.

Chorus:

Miners in our country are a tough hard working breed,
But when the mine explodes even miners break and bleed.
Aint the first time this has happened though we'd hoped we'd seen the end.
Of the widows and the children singing “Amazing Grace” again.
Of the widows and the children singing “Amazing Grace” again.

Some of them had little children, some of them were almost free,
Digging coal is what they knew, and they prayed like you and me.
That they'd come home safe at night, hold their loved ones close to them,
As they'd gathered up their tools and headed down the slope again.

Chorus:

Miners in our country they're a tough hard working breed,
But when the mine explodes even miners break and bleed.
Aint the first time this has happened thought we'd hoped we'd seen the end.
Of the widows and the children singing “I'll Fly Away” again.
Of the widows and the children singing “I'll Fly Away” again.

Break.

When you turn on that light, or that fancy big TV,
Think about the miner with a cap lamp just to see.
How we love them when they're working, and we miss them when they're gone.
Hold the miners and their families in our hearts where they belong.
Chorus:

Miners in our country they're a tough hard working breed,
But when the mine explodes even miners break and bleed.
Aint the first time this has happened though we'd hoped we'd seen the end
Of all the families singing: “Will the circle be Unbroken” again.
“Will the circle be Unbroken” again.

Miners in our country they're a tough hard working breed,
But when the mine explodes even miners break and bleed.
Aint the first time this has happened though we'd hoped we'd seen the end
Of all the families singing: “Will the circle be Unbroken”,
By and by lord by and by.

Repeat chorus.



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