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Hillcrest Mine

  • (James Keelaghan)

    Chorus:
    And they say you don't go
    Say you don't go down in the Hillcrest Mine
    And they say you don't go
    Say you don't go down in the Hillcrest Mine
    'Cause it's one short step
    You might leave this world behind
    And they say you don't go
    Say you don't go down in the Hillcrest Mine

    Down in the mines of the Crow's Nest Pass
    It's the men that die in labour
    Sweating coal from the womb of the pit
    The smell of life they savour
    And in that mine, young man, you'll find
    A wealth of broken dreams
    As long and as dark and as black and as wide
    As the coal from the Hillcrest seam

    I've heard it whispered in the light of dawn
    That mountain sometimes moves
    That bodes ill for the morning shift
    And you know what you're gonna lose
    Don't go, my son, where the deep coal runs
    Turn your back on the mine on the hill
    'Cause if the dust and the dark and the gas don't get you
    Then the goons and the bosses will

    Well, son, I'm gonna open up
    I'm gonna have my say
    You'll get no peace from the Hillcrest Mine
    'Cept the peace of an early grave
    Go out and work for the workers' rights
    Go work for the workers' needs
    Don't stay down here to toil for your buck
    You'll be a tool for the owners' greed

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1990:] Canada's largest mining disaster happened at the small town of Hillcrest in the Crowsnest Park area of Alberta in 1914. I wrote this song while I was working in the area in the summer of 1987. Hillcrest is still there, though the collieries have seen better days. (Notes James Keelaghan, 'Small Rebellions')

  • http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=13022 Hillcrest Mine (James Keelaghan)

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