Down in the Coal Mine

DESCRIPTION: The miner sings, "I am a jovial collier lad, as blythe as blythe can be / And let the times be good or bad, it's all the same to me...." He describes his dark and dirty life and his lack of culture, but points out how all are dependent on him.
AUTHOR: J. B. Geoghegan (or "Geehagen")
EARLIEST DATE: 1872
KEYWORDS: mining nonballad work
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,Ro) Britain
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Warner 26, "Down in the Coal Mine" (1 text, 1 tune)
Korson-PennLegends, pp. 373-374, "Down in a Coal Mine" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stout 74, p. 97, "Down in the Coal Mines" (1 text)
Hubbard, #187, "Down in the Coal Mine" (1 text)
Arnett, pp. 128-129, "Down in the Coalmine" (1 text, 1 tune)
Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 171-172, "Down in a Coal Mine" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, DOWNCOAL

Roud #3502
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Yellow Meal (Heave Away; Yellow Gals; Tapscott; Bound to Go)" (part of tune)
File: Wa026

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