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Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
09-Nov-01 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
Subject: Correction: West Virginia Mine Disaster -Ritchie^^
Joe, on a link from the book, CELEBRATION OF LIFE, lyrics are given for some songs. My song, "West Virginia Mine Disaster," has several mistakes. Correct words are:

Say did you see him going?- it was early this morning.
He passed all your houses on his way to the coal.
He was tall,he was slender,and his dark eyes so tender
His occupation was mining- West Virginia, his home.

It was just before twelve- I was feeding the children
Ben Mosely came running to bring us the news,
Number eight is all flooded- many men are in danger,
And we don't know their number, but we fear they're
all doomed.

So I picked up the baby and I left all the others
To comfort each other and pray for our own;
There's Timmy, fourteen, and there's John not much
younger-
Their own time soon will be coming to go down the
black hole.

Now what can I say to his poor little children?
Or what can I tell his old mother at home?
Or what can I say to my heart that's clear-broken?
To my heart that's clear-broken if my darling is gone?

Say did you see him going? It was early this morning-
He passed all these houses on his way to the coal.
He was tall,he was slender,and his dark eyes so tender
His occupation was mining- West Virginia, his home.^^


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