Uploaded on Oct 14, 2010
I n response to my song "The Whole World's Applauding" I received this message from SirCoughsalot...
I saw your latest post on YouTube, and saw what you said about someone else writing a song about the miners. Well, I did not think this would be me either, but I was listening to Woody Guthrie's The Great Dust Storm earlier in the evening and the thought came to me that I could put some new words to that tune. The song was written more out of necessity than inclination (I simply had to get the words out), so it's far from perfect. Also, I may have gotten a few of the facts wrong. The second verse is more or less pure poetic license, and since it was a Guthrie tune I started with, I tried to make it as much like a Guthrie song as I could. But I thought maybe you could take a look at it, and sing it on YouTube if you like. Here are the lyrics.
The 5th day of August
The year of 2010
A copper mine in Chile collapsed
Trapped 33 mining men
We're banged up but we're livin'
The miners' word soon came
But I believe we'd rather live in Hell
Than stay trapped in this grave
The television showed us
The whole wide world around
How the rescue workers dug and dug
To bring 'em up out of the ground
After months the shaft was ready
We watched as one by one
Our miners were pulled out of hell
Back to the earth and sun
And as the world applauded
And tears of joy were shed
The people listened to the words
One rescued miner said
I met the Lord inside that mine
I met the devil too
But it was God who brought me home again
He'll do the same for you
Well, I for one think this is a very good folk song. I especially love the flow of the last verse (which is why I did it twice).
My compliments to SirCoughsalot... and thank you for giving me the opportunity to do your song.
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