Springhill Mining Disaster Lyrics - U2

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In the town of Springhill Nova Scotia
Down in the dark of the Cumberland mins
Theres blood on the cole and he miner lye
(In the) roads that never saw sun nor sky (x2)

In the town Springhill you don't sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roll
When the earth is restless miners die
Bone and blood is he price (x2)

In the town of Springhill nova Scotia
Late in the year of fifty-eight
Day still comes and the sun still shines
(But it's) dark as a grave in the Cumberland mine (x2)

Down at the cole-face miners working
Rattle of the belt and the cutter's blade
Rumble of rock and the walls close round
(The) living and the dead me two miles down (x2)

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Twelve men lay two miles from the pitshaft
Twelve men lay in the dark and sang
Long hot days in the miners tomb
(It was) three feet high and a hundred long (x2)

Three days passed and the lamps gave out
And Caleb Rushton he upped and says
There's no more water, light, or bread so
(So we'll) live on songs and hope instead (x2)

Listen for the shouts of the barefaced miners
Listen through the rubble for a fescue team
Six hundred feet of cole and slag
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam (x2)

Eight Long days and some were rescued
Leaving the dead to lye alone
Through all their lives they dug their grave
Two miles of earth for a marking stone





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