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The Dream of the Miner's Child, song lyrics

Song: The Dream of the Miner's Child
Lyrics: Andrew Jenkins(1)

Music:
Year: 1922(2)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA


A miner was leaving his home for his work
When he heard his little child scream.
He went to the side of the little girl's bed;
She said, "Daddy, I've had such a dream!"
"Please, daddy, don't go to the mines today,
For dreams have so often come true.
My daddy, my daddy, please don't go away,
For I never could live without you."

Then smiling and stroking the little girl's face,
He was turning away from her side.
But she threw her small arms around daddy's neck;
She gave him a kiss and then cried:
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"Oh, I dreamed that the mines were all flaming with fire,
And the men all fought for their lives.
Just then the scene changed, and the mouth of the mines
Was covered with sweethearts and wives."

"Oh, daddy, don't go to the mines today,
For dreams have so often come true.
My daddy, my daddy, please don't go away,
For I never could live without you."
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"Go down to the village and tell your dear friends
That as sure as the bright stars do shine,
There is something that's going to happen today;
Please, daddy, don't go to the mines."

"Oh, daddy, don't work in the mines today,
For dreams have so often come true.
My daddy, my daddy, please don't go away,
For I never could live without you."


Notes:

1 - Reverend Andrew Jenkins, (1885 - 1957), was known musically as "Blind Andy Jenkins". This citation is from the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

2 - Dream of a Miner's Child history, from California State University, Fresno.

3 - Recorded by Veronon Dalhart on Challenge #505, Gennett #3197B which lists the composer as "Rev. Andrew Jenkins", Herwin Records, #75502B, Pathe #32150 and Perfect #12229, on Novemeber 20, 1925.