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  • In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia,
  • Down in the dark of the Cumberland Mine,
  • There's blood on the coal,
  • And the miners lie,
  • In roads that never saw sun or sky,
  • Roads that never saw sun or sky
  • In the town of Springhill you don't sleep easy,
  • Often the earth will tremble and roll,
  • When the earth is restless miners die,
  • Bone and blood is the price of coal,
  • Bone and blood is the price of coal.
  • In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia,
  • Late in the year of '58,
  • The day still comes and the sun still shines,
  • But it's dark as the grave in the Cumberland mine,
  • Dark as the grave in the Cumberland Mine.
  • Three days past when the lamps gave out,
  • And Kaela Brushton got up and said,
  • "We've no more water or light or bread,
  • So we'll live on songs and hope instead,
  • Live on songs and hope instead."
  • Listen for the shouts of the black face miners,
  • Listen through the rubble for the rescue teams,
  • Three hundred tonnes of coal and slag,
  • Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam,
  • Hope imprisoned in a three foot seam.
  • Twelve days past and some were rescued,
  • Leaving the dead to lie alone,
  • Through all their live they dug a grave,
  • Two miles of earth is a marking stone,
  • Two miles of earth is a marking stone

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