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Blood On The Coal

This song is by The Folksmen and appears on the movie soundtrack A Mighty Wind: The Album (2003).

It was April 27th
In the year of '91
'Bout a mile below the surface
And the warm Kentucky sun
The late shift was ending
And the early shift was late
And the foreman ate his dinner
From a dirty tin plate

Blood on the tracks
Blood in the mine
Brothers and sisters
What a terrible time
Old 97
Went in the wrong hole
Now in Mine Number 60
There's blood on the coal
(Blood on the coal)
(Blood on the coal)

Well, the slag pits were steamin'
It was 7:25
Every miner worked the coal face
Every one of them alive
The train came 'round the corner
You could hear the trestle groan
But the switcher wasn't listening
So he left the switch alone

Blood on the tracks
Blood in the mine
Brothers and sisters
What a terrible time
Old 97
Went in the wrong hole
Now in Mine Number 60
There's blood on the coal
(Blood on the coal)
(Blood on the coal)

Well, the walls began to tremble
And the men began to yell
They could hear that lonesome whistle
Like an echo out of... well
They dropped their picks in shovels
As to safety they did run
For to stay amongst the living
In the year of '91

Blood on the tracks
Blood in the mine
Brothers and sisters
What a terrible time
Old 97
Went in the wrong hole
Now in Mine Number 60
There's blood on the coal
(Blood on the coal)
(Blood on the coal)

Now, an Irishman named Murphy
Said "I'll stop that iron horse!"
As he stood athwart its passage
And it crushed him dead, of course
And I hope he hears the irony
Whene'er this tale is told
That the train that took his life
Was burning good Kentucky coal

(Hey!)

Blood on the tracks
Blood in the mine
Brothers and sisters
What a terrible time
Old 97
Got in the wrong hole
Now in Mine Number 60
There's blood on the coal
(Blood on the coal)
(Blood on the coal)

Credits

Written by:

Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean

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