Mudcat Café message #46324 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7624   Message #46324
Posted By: Karen K.
20-Nov-98 - 11:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Scofield Mine Disaster (Utah Phillips)
Subject: Lyr Add: SCOFIELD MINE DISASTER (Utah Phillips)
I don't remember where I got this, but I've known it for years. Don't know who wrote it either. Scofield is in Nova Scotia Utah. I use the chords: E E7; A E; E; B7 E


Cho: Don't you see that funeral train?
Don't you see that funeral train?
Rolling down that lonesome valley
It's the longest one I've seen.

May the 1st was bright and clear
1900 was the year
A great explosion rocked our town
While the men were underground.

When we gathered at the slide
We thought that just a few had died
Fought our way in past the mine head
Carried out two hundred dead.

When we brought them to the light
It was black and an awful sight
In one family there were nine
Lost inside that burning mine.

A miner's life is hard I know
His work is dark and far below
While he starves and goes in rags
He's cheaper than the coal he digs.

Hope this is the one you are looking for. It's a good song with a good tune in a minor key. Can anyone produce it? I could sing it to you on the phone if you want to e-mail me at: and give me your phone number. Didn't check to see if this is already in the database.