Gut Rumbles

April 05, 2005

a great song

I don't know if you've ever heard it, but you should if you haven't. Gordon Lightfoot wrote it and it still makes my grandmother smile and tap her foot when she hears it. After Daddy died, mama always cried when my brother and I played that song.

It's called "Mother of a Miner's Child," and I don't know that I can get through it today without breaking down. It hits really close to home. I tried it tonight and ended up weeping all over my guitar. I just ain't right in the head anymore.

"Sometimes I smile
In the cave where the cable softly hums
I curse that old straw-boss to the bone
But the mother of a miner's child
is waiting for the paycheck to come home
Come Saturday
And though he is just a miner's boy,
I hope that he will find a better way"

Did I? I don't know. My brother certainly did.

But we both came a long way from that coal mining camp in Lewellen, Kenticky. We grew up having the mother of a miner's child raise us. And we had a damn good one.


Great song. Every parent wants a better life for their children. Rob...I only found this site just a cpl weeks ago and have enjoyed it and you every day since. Some of the things you've mentioned about not being right in the head seem perfectly normal. You're human. A pretty good one from what I can gather. Cryin' ain't crazy, it's what regular folks do. Havin' nothing to cry about...that ain't normal. You got a full plate, man. No doubt. Anyone who tried to deal with all of it at once would surly choke. Being able to cry it out, shout it out (on this site at least) and my personal fav....shoot it out. (damn that's therapy for me) is surly a good start. Don't you think? I'd wish you luck but I don't think luck is what you need. You're doin' it right man. Keep chuggin.

Posted by: DONGER on April 5, 2005 11:44 PM

Miners are good people.

Posted by: Grace on April 6, 2005 12:11 AM

I believe I have that song on the "best of" CD I got for my husband's birthday. some how the cd has not yet made it to HIS car for him to listen to. My favorite song is "sun down" and of course the "michigan theme song" The Wreak of the Edmund Fitz.

Posted by: Maeve on April 6, 2005 01:40 AM

How is your grandmother coping with her daughters death? This must be so hard for her.

Posted by: Katie on April 6, 2005 05:55 AM

Not that it matters one whit but I knew there was something about your attitudes that struck home for me and now I know that it is our coal mining backgrounds. You gotta look life straight in the eye every hour of every day when ya make your living deep in the bowels of the earth sittin on a gob pile somewhere wondering whether or not to eat your extra sandwich or is it ok to dump your water now that you are close to the bottom. Stay strong brother .don't let em wear you down.

Posted by: arathorn on April 6, 2005 07:27 AM

Gordon sure knew how to write a song. Maeve,
You need to listen to his older songs. You will probably change your favorites.

Posted by: Steve on April 6, 2005 01:18 PM

Oh, yeah. First piece I heard of his was 'Sundown' when I was a kid. Still like it, still sing it, along with a bunch of his other stuff.

Posted by: Mark on April 6, 2005 07:20 PM
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