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Blue Diamond Mines (Jean Ritchie [writing as 'Than Hall]) I remember the ways in the bygone days When we was all in our prime How us and John L. gave the old man hell Down in the Blue Diamond mines Where the whistle would blow 'fore the rooster crowed Full two hours before daylight When a man done his best, and he earned his good rest And had seventeen dollars at night In the mines, in the mines, in the Blue Diamond mines I have worked my life away In the mines, in the mines, in the Blue Diamond mines Oh, fall on your knees and pray You old black gold, you've taken my soul Your dust has darkened my home And now that I'm old, you're turning your back Where else can an old miner go Well, first it's Big Block and then Leatherwood And now it's Blue Diamond too The pits are all closed, and it's "go find a job" What else can an old miner do Your union is dead and you're shaking your head They say mining's had its day But you're stripping off my mountain top And you pay me three dollars a day Well, you might get a poke of welfare meat A little poke of welfare flour But I tell you right now, you won't qualify Less you work for a quarter an hour John L. had a dream but it's broken, it seems Our union is letting us down Last week they took away my hospital card And it's "why don't you leave this old town" Well, you go downtown and you hang around Well, maybe it ain't so bad Then you come back home and they meet you at the door And it's "what did you bring me, dad" Copyright Geordie Music First heard from Ringer & McCaslin. They did it well. JN JN
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