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DON'T GO DOWN IN THE MINE, DAD (Robert Donelly / Will Geddes) **Originally written in 1910, this song underwent various changes from time to time, re-appearing under such titles as "The Dream Of A Miner's Child" and "Explosion In The Fairmount Mountains" James Hudson - 1910 Stanley Kirkby - 1910 Vernon Dalhart - 1925 Al Craver - 1925 Blind Alfred Reed - 1927 Doc Watson - 1965 The Stanley Brothers - 1969 Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs - 1971 Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - 1978 Rose Maddox & The Vern Williams Band - 1981 Tim & Mollie O'Brien - 1988 Chuck Ragan - 2007 Also recorded by: Blue Grass Roy; Marty Robbins. A miner was leaving his home for his work When he heard his little child scream He went to his bedside, his little white face "Oh, Daddy, I've had such a dream I dreamt that I saw the pit all afire And men struggled hard for their lives The scene then changed and the top of the mine Was surrounded by sweethearts and wives" "Don't go down in the mine, Dad Dreams very often come true Daddy, you know it would break my heart If anything happened to you Just go and tell my dream to your mates And as true as the stars that shine Something is going to happen today Dear Daddy, don't go down the mine" The miner, a man with a heart good and kind Stood by the side of his son He said, "It's my living, I can't stay away For duty, my lad, must be done" The little one looked up, and sadly he said "Oh, please stay today with me, Dad" But as the brave miner went forth, to his work He heard this appeal from his lad "Don't go down in the mine, Dad Dreams very often come true Daddy, you know it would break my heart If anything happened to you Just go and tell my dream to your mates And as true as the stars that shine Something is going to happen today Dear Daddy, don't go down the mine" Whilst waiting his turn with his mates to descend He could not banish his fears He returned home again to his wife and his child Those words seemed to ring through his ears And, ere the day ended, the pit was on fire When a score of brave men lost their lives He thanked God above for the dream his child had As once more the little one cried "Don't go down in the mine, Dad Dreams very often come true Daddy, you know it would break my heart If anything happened to you Just go and tell my dream to your mates And as true as the stars that shine Something is going to happen today Dear Daddy, don't go down the mine" ******************** As recorded by VERNON DALHART under the title "Dream Of A Miner's Child", attributed to Andrew Jenkins: A miner was leaving his home for his work He heard his little child scream He went to the side of the little girl's bed "Oh, daddy, I've had such a dream" "Oh, daddy, don't work in the mines today For dreams have so often come true Oh, daddy, my daddy, please don't go away I never could live without you" (Instrumental Break) I dreamed that the mines were all seething with fire The men all fought for their lives Just then the scene changed, and the mouth of the mines Were covered with sweethearts and wives (Whistling) Her daddy then smiling and stroking her face Was turning away from her side But throwing her small arms around daddy's neck She gave him a kiss and then cried "Go down to the village and tell your dear friends As sure as the bright stars do shine There's something that's going to happen today Oh, daddy, don't go to the mines "Oh, daddy, don't work in the mines today For dreams have so often come true Oh, daddy, my daddy, please don't go away I never could live without you" ******************** As recorded by BLIND ALFRED REID under the title "Explosion In The Fairmount Mines": One bright morning, the miner just about to leave Heard his dear child screaming in a fright He went to her bed, then she looked up and said "I have had such a dream, turn on the light" "Daddy, please don't go down in that hole today For my dreams do come true some time, you know Oh, don't leave me, daddy, please don't go away Something bad sure will happen, do not go" "Oh, I dreamed that the mines were burning out with fire Every man was fighting for his life And some had companions and they prayed out loud "Oh God, please protect my darling wife" "Daddy, please don't go down in that hole today For my dreams do come true some time, you know Oh, don't leave me, daddy, please don't go away Something bad sure will happen, do not go" Then her daddy bent down and kissed her dear sweet face Turned again to travel on his way But she threw her small arms around daddy's neck She kissed him, again he heard her say "Daddy, please don't go down in that hole today For my dreams do come true some time, you know Oh, don't leave me, daddy, please don't go away Something bad sure will happen, do not go" Then the miner was touched, and said he would not go "Hush, my child, I'm with you, do not cry" There came an explosion and two hundred men Were shut in the mines and left to die "Daddy, please don't go down in that hole today For my dreams do come true some time, you know Oh, don't leave me, daddy, please don't go away Something bad sure will happen, do not go" (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - September 2015)

    


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