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Scofield Mine Disaster

This song is by Utah Phillips and appears on the album El Capitan (1975).

Don't you see that funeral train?
Don't you see that funeral train?
Rolling down that lonesome valley
It's the longest one I've seen

May the first was bright and clear
Nineteen hundred was the year
A great explosion rocked our town
While the men were underground

When we gathered at the slide
We thought that just a few had died
Fought our way in past the mine head
Carried out two hundred dead

When we brought them to the light
It was black and an awful sight
In one family there were nine
Lost inside that burning mine

A miner's life is hard
I know His work is dark and far below
While he starves and goes in rags
He's cheaper than the coal he digs


Written by:

Utah Phillips

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