Ballad of Springhill.


Ballad of Springhill.

by Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl.

Sung by Peter, Paul, & Mary.

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1) In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia

Down in the heart of the Cumberland Mine

There's blood on the coal and the miners lie

In the roads that never saw sun nor sky.

Roads that never saw sun nor sky.

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2) Down at the coalface the miners working

Rattle of the bell - tan the cutter's blade.

Crumble of rock and the walls close round

Living and the dead buried two miles down.

Living and the dead buried two miles down.

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3) Twelve men lay two miles from the pitshaft

Listen for the drillin' of a rescue team.

Six hundred feet of coal and slag

Hope imprisoned in a three-foot seam.

Hope imprisoned in a three-foot seam.

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4) Eight days passed and some were rescued

Leaving the dead to lie alone.

All their lives they dug their grave

Two miles of earth for a marking stone

Two miles of earth for a marking stone

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5) In the town of Springhill you don't sleep easy

Often the earth will tremble and groan

When the earth is restless, miners die

Blood and bone is the price of coal

Bone and blood is the price of coal

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