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Lee Dorsey - Working In The Coal Mine (1966)

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Published on Aug 25, 2013

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Canaries were once regularly used in coal mining as an early warning system. Toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane in the mine would kill the bird before affecting the miners. Because canaries tend to sing much of the time, they provided both a visual and audible cue in this respect. The use of so called miner's canaries in British mines was phased out in 1987. Hence, the phrase "canary in a coal mine" is frequently used to refer to a person or thing which serves as an early warning of a coming crisis. By analogy, the term climate canary is used to refer to a species that is affected by an environmental danger prior to other species, thus serving as an early warning system for the other species with regard to the danger. Source: Wikipedia / www.aadcrama.nl

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  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Lee Dorsey
  • Album

    • Top of the Pops - Sixties
  • Writers

    • Allen Toussaint
  • Licensed by

    • SME (on behalf of PLG UK Catalog); CMRRA, UBEM, EMI Music Publishing, SOLAR Music Rights Management, and 6 Music Rights Societies

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