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The Auchengeich Disaster, song lyrics

Song: Auchengeich Disaster
Lyrics: Norman Buchan(1)

Music: to the tune of "Skippin' Barfit Thro' the Heather"
Year: probably 1970's
Genre: Traditional
Origin: Scotland


In Auchengeich there stands a pit,
The wheel above it is nae turnin',
For on a gray September morn,
The fires o' Hell below were burnin'.

Tho' in below the coal lay rich,
It's richer nou for aa that burnin'
For forty-seven brave men lie deid,
Tae wives an' sweetherts ne'er returnin'
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The seams are rich in Auchengeich,
The coal below is black an' glistenin'
But, och, the cost is faur ower dear,
For human lives there is nae reckonin'.

Coal is black an' coal is red,
An' coal is rich beyond a treasure.
It's black wi' wprk an red wi' blood,
It's richness nou in lives we measure.
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Faur better that we'd never wrocht
A thousan years o' wprk an' grievin',
For the coal is black like the mournin' shroud,
The women left behind are weavin'.

In Auchengeich there stauns a pit,
The wheel above it is nae turnin',
For on a gray September morn,
The fires o' Hell below were burnin'.


Notes:

1 - Norman Buchan (1922 - 1990) information from the University of West Scotland

2 - Information about The Auchengeich Mining Disaster, September 18, 1959, and the 47 men who died in the coal mine fire.