About: Down in the Coal Mine Underneath the Ground
Who else found this song because they read Coal Miner's Bride
it's great because my teacher uses it all the time
Now i know dusky diamond is meaning coal
I feel bad. The immigrant miners were treated unfairly, receiving poor wages and insults for being foreign. The bosses found ways to get extra work out of them for little pay. These sparked strikes. The miners were called greedy, but all they wanted was money to put food on the table and maybe extra for drinking.
You've incorrectly transcribed the lyrics to the second line of the song's first verse. That line should read "...As blithe as blithe can be...". "Blithe," not "blind." Otherwise, it looks good! 8-)
I heard this at the Brentwood Folk club in about 1968 and the chorus has popped up in my head regularly for me to sing it. Finally found the complete version. As it happens I do still have the Ian Campbell vinyl LP in my storage.
In school I did a dance with this song so it brings back memory's
What a song. Give me name to find on iTunes
I was looking for a song for a friend who is doing a documentary on coal mining. I found an old vinyl with this song sung by the Ian Campbell Folk Group from Coal Dust Ballads..written a Durham England miner 1885. But this version you sing is bst...my style...clear, simple, well done and well sung. Thanks. (firstname.lastname@example.org for my "Twenty Five Miners" song on mp3 if you'd like to hear our SharcroppersTrio from Newfoundland sing it. My friend is using mine. Maybe yours?)
I'm pretty sure this is William (Grit) Laskin singing and playing the northumbrian pipes. Recorded in Toronto at Friends of Fiddlers Green.
I remember singing this in Grade four elementary school. Now I am in grade 12. :)
ah, just seen I've already posted earlier LOL. This is the original tune
It's by Joseph Bryan Geoghegan,. He wasn't a miner. He managed and performed in music halls in Bolton, Lancashire, and other places. I've got a PDF version of the original songsheet - I can't paste the link here but let me know if you want to see it. I'm Joseph Bryan Geoghegan's great great great granddaughter! We only found out fairly recently that he was a prolific song writer!
Catchy as anything this! Thanks for uploading! Powerful really this in its mix of the light hearted reminder to look on what bright side in hard times and the reminder to consider of course that as privileged people your leisure may come at the expense of others' lives. Sadly still true today! Consider the unfortunate fate of the coltan miner whose labours feed our use of PCs. And indeed- consider who now are the majority of coal miners? People who are also often kept in poor conditions.
These lyrics were written by my great great great great grandfather, Joseph Bryan Geoghegan. He was a music hall performer and manager. It's given me goose bumps hearing them set to music. I'm guessing the melody isn't by him? Just in the process of trying to track down some of his many songs!
for some reason I keep coming back to this song
Is this from a compilation or album? I'd love to buy it
Great music for playing Minecraft.
@nithelmusic The tune is known variously as "The Jolly Beggarman" to Highland bagpipers, and in US old timey music as "The Red Haired Boy."
That's great, glad you like it. It is one of my all-time favourites. I can only imagine what it's like though.