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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 9:44 p.m. PST

Here are a few of mine.
Paradise, by John Prine, sadly missed. Bill Monroe called it one of the greatest bluegrass songs, even though it has few traditional bluegrass instrumentation.
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"You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive", by Darrell Scott. Here covered by Patty Loveless.
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Dark as a Dungeon, by the king of mining songs, Merle Travis.
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Travis also wrote 16 Tons, here performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

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I have a few more I could add later.
What are your favorite coal mining songs?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 9:45 p.m. PST

Oh, and please add a YouTube link, so we can all enjoy it too.

Corporal Fagen20 Feb 2021 10:23 p.m. PST

The Bells of Rhymney

parrskool Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 11:55 p.m. PST

Close the coalhouse door, lad. Alex Glasgow

Says it all.

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 12:05 a.m. PST

Blackleg Miner by Steeleye Span

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 1:36 a.m. PST

Devo 1981, working HARD.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 3:43 a.m. PST

Does "Diggy Diggy Hole" count?
Failing that, "16 Tons" with perhaps "Big Bad John" for second.
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sillypoint21 Feb 2021 4:05 a.m. PST
Grand Dragon21 Feb 2021 4:37 a.m. PST

Red Hill Mining Town by U2

JMcCarroll21 Feb 2021 5:29 a.m. PST

" She got the mine, I got the shaft " by ?

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 5:43 a.m. PST

+1 twilight Samurai also the end credits song for Heavy Metal the movie.

Andoreth21 Feb 2021 5:46 a.m. PST

Just listened to "Diggy Diggy Hole" for the first time. Thank you Robert Piepenbrink, it really cheered up my day, and yes it definitely does count as a mining song.

JimDuncanUK21 Feb 2021 6:25 a.m. PST

My father was a coal miner, as was his brother and father and his brothers too. The only male in the family apart from me who wasn't a coal miner was my uncle Jock who delivered coal by horse and cart.

They were all members of the local Burns club and could sing any of his repertoire. I never heard them singing anything else.

von Schwartz ver 221 Feb 2021 6:35 a.m. PST

Say WHAT?!?!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 6:51 a.m. PST

Big Bad John

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 7:06 a.m. PST

From a different angle….. "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go…"

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 8:42 a.m. PST

!6 Tons followed by Big John

JMcCarroll21 Feb 2021 9:09 a.m. PST

Jerry Reed "She Got the Goldmine, I got The Shaft"

Ryan T21 Feb 2021 9:14 a.m. PST

"Big Branch" by Gangstagrass. I'm generally not a fan of Hip-Hop but this fusion of Rap and Bluegrass just nails it.

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Perris070721 Feb 2021 9:28 a.m. PST

Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil. YouTube link

William Warner21 Feb 2021 10:10 a.m. PST

"The Springhill Mine Disaster" by Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. YouTube link

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

The Old Miner by Silly Sisters (Maddy Prior and June Tabor)
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Let me throw in, Mining for Gold by Cowboy Junkies. In the best folk tradition, all you have to do is change "gold" to "coal" and bob's your uncle. it even scans.
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RittervonBek21 Feb 2021 11:36 a.m. PST
Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 11:49 a.m. PST

Devo: working in the coal mine

rmaker21 Feb 2021 12:54 p.m. PST

Second "Springhill Mine Disaster".

nevals21 Feb 2021 1:35 p.m. PST

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The song is called Put u srediste rudnika Kreka Banovici (The Voyage to the Center of the Mine Kreka) by the Yugoslav Band Zabranjeno Pusenje. Recorded in 1984. The band is from Sarajevo.The song talks about the explosion in the mine, in 1982, that killed 39 miners. Talks about the consternation in the homes of the killed after the news reached them, and the ghosts of miners watching the charity concert for their benefits.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 2:15 p.m. PST

Can't believe I almost forgot this one.
New York Mining Disaster 1941 by The Bee Gees.
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Doesn't specificaly say coal, but it's inspired by the Aberfan disaster. Besides, what else does one mine in New York?

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 3:41 p.m. PST

Working in a Coal Mine, Lee Dorsey, but by Devo.

walkabout Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 5:31 p.m. PST

Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn

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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 6:58 p.m. PST

Uesugi Kenshin has the correct attribution. I likewise prefer the Devo cover to the original.

Major Mike22 Feb 2021 6:55 a.m. PST

Timothy by the Buoys.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 6:58 a.m. PST

Twilight Samurai +1

von Schwartz ver 222 Feb 2021 2:32 p.m. PST

+1 enfant perdus

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