U2 Springhill Mining Disaster Lyrics

In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia
Down in the dark of the Cumberland Mine
There's blood on the coal and the miners lie
In the roads that never saw sun nor sky
In the roads that never saw sun nor sky

In the town of Springhill, you don't sleep easy
Often the earth will tremble and roar
When the earth is restless, miners die
Bone and blood is the price of coal.
Bone and blood is the price of coal.

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 the grave in the Cumberland mine
(But it's) Dark as the grave in the Cumberland mine

Down at the coal face, miners working
Rattle of the belt and the cutter's blade
Rumble of the rock and the walls closed round
(The) Living and the dead men two miles down
(The) Living and the dead men two miles down

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

Three days past and the lamps gave out
And Caleb Rushton got up and and said
There?s no more water, or light, or bread
(So we'll) Live on song and hope instead
(So we'll) Live on song and hope instead

Listen for the shouts of the barefaced miners
Listen through the rubble for a rescue team
Six hundred feet of coal and slag
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam
Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam

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

Written by: Peggy Seeger
Lyrics © THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

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