About: Coal Dust on the Tombstone
I just heard this for the first time tonight. The tears flowed freely down my face. I grew up in Eastern Kentucky. My grandfather worked in the mines and was out by the time I came along. My dad did for a while but he went into road construction which put him on building I75 and then I64, The Mountain Parkway, and several other highways through Pike County. His last construction job put him into a position to be offered a job as a supervisor in a strip mine in Pike County. He worked that for about 12 - 15 years until his health put him down for a while. He came home after that. I loved the excitement of watching the big pieces of equipment do their jobs several summers I was able to go over and spend a week and hang out with the trailer park kids. I also got to go to the job site and see how those big things actually worked. Oh my. How lucky I felt.
Now, the damage has been done to the people, the land, and to just everything we all knew. The coal is gone. The landmarks have completely rearranged and the coal people do not know what to do now.
This music calls to my heart. It brings back the sorrows of families torn apart, dreams shattered, and poverty so abject that you simply cannot imagine.
Thank you for the beauty of your music and your love of this area. Thank you so very much.
Grandpa was a coal miner before the Great War but never went back down when he came home so luckily no coal dust on his tombstone. He was the last of my family to ever go down the mine. A big thank you to all the ones who still go down every day.
Just heard this today -- gave me chills.
Lovely voice Kay, this is true music
Is it possible room purchase a download of this song?
Where can I get an audio copy of this song?
Both the song and slideshow were terrifically evocative of coalcountry's history. I'm just about to post it on my blog.
Love this song!! My grandfather died of the black lung and cancer in 1967, and my dad worked in the mines when he was only 12. Thought he had gotten away from it but the cancer got him as well.
Tracing back some of my family lines I'm the first to not have to work in the mines since the 1700s. Some of my ancestors were Germans who were contracted to immigrate and work the Mines in Orange county. When the mines didn't produce they collectively sued to have their contract voided and moved further west. This song puts me in mind of my Great Grandma Roxie. She was married at 16 and lost three husbands.
the picture of the house at 1:42
is just like our company house , up shortcreek in notamine, west virginia.
how so many of us grew up
I love this song thank you! For posting means a lot to me and I'm a West Virginia Girl 💖 just about all the coal mines are gone now :(
Great song. Got family in Big Stonegap, VA.
Beautiful song, takes me back to my childhood in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Who sings this song? One of the purest voices i have ever heard. Reminds me of Emmy Lou when she first started.
where can I get chords and cords, love to learn song?
Awesome song and video, the best I've heard about what it's like growing up in a coal camp. I lost several members of my family due to explosions and black lung. I grew up in Ethel, Logan County, WV. We left when the mines closed up there. The memories are bittersweet. I will always love the beautiful mountains that I grew up in. It broke my heart the day we left our home in the holler to move to Chicago. Thank you for this song and video.
love this....... i think of my Pawpaw Thomas.. he worked in the mines for 67yrs in Virginia .. He would tell us growing up about the coal camps and how rough it was.......... I miss him alot.......... . thank you for making this video
As a Pike County Kentucky native, I am curious as to where you are from. Great song and video by the way.
This is a really great video, thank you for posting and making it.
Good job Kay! Good song.