Rambling Miner, The
DESCRIPTION: "I'm only a rambling miner, I work where I like best, In the coal mines of Kentucky, Or the copper mines in the west." But wherever he goes, the singer is gambling his life in the mines. He says he is doing it "So that the women and kids may eat."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Thomas)
KEYWORDS: mining rambling nonballad
FOUND IN: US(Ap)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Thomas-Makin', p. 248, "The Rambling Miner" (1 text)
NOTES: It is rather unfortunate that Thomas did not preserve a tune for this piece. The first two stanzas appear to be built upon "The Roving Gambler," but the final two look like something else. - RBW
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