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#1160961 - 01/24/20 11:30 PM 1942 Mining Disaster.  
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https://soundcloud.com/artwhimsical...to-the-music-next-of-kin-by-combstead-me

Back In 1942,
in a small town in Kentucky
a mining disaster claimed the lives
of thirty men who were unlucky.

But then there was a miracle
that rivaled stories biblical
a struggle so formidable
by one fortunate individual

Who didnít have a chance in hell
he was already in it
in the bowels of earth
that swallowed him
already lost to the cynics

But far above his faithful wife
stood praying with clenched fists
for God to save her husbandís life
She was a true die-hard Baptist.

But the bosses they all shook their heads
they knew time was of the essence
and if there were recoveries
the remains would not be pleasant

But I am here to share with you
the story of his plight
the pluck of a man
who wouldnít give up
and his fight to just survive...
It goes like this.....

An anguished cry...a shattering roar
then tons of rocks crash to the floor
workers above watch terrified
with certainty, the men have died.

But from below there comes a cry
a man who won't give up and die,
he screams amidst the grisly dead
with thoughts of freedom in his head.

The air is choked with dust and gas
he must work fast to clear a pass
he lunges forward numb with shock,
stripping bare flesh while clawing rock.

His bloody fingers pay no mind
they dig and claw at all they find,
moving upward through the pit
inching forward...bit..by...bit.

Around him many corpses lay
with eyes that seemed to mock his way.
for they'd escaped the tunnel's gloom
and left him there to face his doom.

He hates them all.. they can't help fight
him in this flight to life and light
he turns his back on friends he'd known,
to plow and hammer his way home.

Above.... the crews, like blinded moles
by guesswork drill their frantic holes,
someday they too could share this fate
they whisper prayers for their trapped mate.

But deep with the bowels of Hell
the air grows thin....his lungs grew frail,
and though some progress is beginning,
Death sits beside him...calmly grinning.

Flat on his back he gasps for air
Death hovers now..he does not care,
his eyes begin to close in sleep,
to join those trapped below... so deep.
to join those trapped below so deep.

But memories of bright city lights,
the taste of waters cool delight
his wife and children fill his sight,
so once again he turns to fight.

Then suddenly to his surprise
a star erupts to blind his eyes,
a thousand arms reach in to grasp,
and pull him from death's wicked clasp.

He later wakes
in a sterile place
with Earth's vomit
cleansed from his face
~
and now immune
from all his fears
for the men who died
he sheds a tear.
(repeat last line)
(repeat last line)
Next of Kin
he sheds a tear.

Stellar music by Combstead-©-2020
Vocals & lyrics by-Matthew F. Blowers III-©-2020

#1160966 - 01/25/20 05:40 AM Re: 1942 Mining Disaster. [Re: MFB III]  
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A tragedy i was unaware of Matt.
Quite a story you tell,well written and produced
Regards
John


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1161006 - 01/25/20 03:46 PM Re: 1942 Mining Disaster. [Re: MFB III]  
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Hey Travis...it is a bit of fiction...a poem I wrote when I was but 14 after a mine disaster was on the news and it struck me as an awful way to perish or survive. Thanks for your listen and your comments as always.

#1161019 - 01/25/20 06:33 PM Re: 1942 Mining Disaster. [Re: MFB III]  
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Hi Matt,
Very, very good! All the way through I kept thinking what a great video this would make...


Have a goodun,

John W. Selleck BMI Songwriter
A day without learning is a day lost

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#1161021 - 01/25/20 07:32 PM Re: 1942 Mining Disaster. [Re: MFB III]  
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Hey John, Thanks I just have to find an unoccupied mine that's still safe, don some coal black and some miner clothes and gear, hire some concerned folks for up above and let it roll. I like the idea. Of course, the mine might collapse while I'm in there and then the song would surely go viral...LOL Thanks for the listen, like and the comment, I will appreciate it by commenting on one of yours.~~Matt

#1161024 - 01/25/20 08:09 PM Re: 1942 Mining Disaster. [Re: MFB III]  
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Hi Matt, good luck with that...


Have a goodun,

John W. Selleck BMI Songwriter
A day without learning is a day lost

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