Joe Jencks

Can You Blame the Poor Miner (3:33)

from The Coming Of The Years

From heaven to hell, he passes each day

Can you blame the poor miner for spilling some pay

On rum-runner’s booty to steel his resolve

Can you blame the poor miner

Those temperance ladies are raising the roof

‘Til you can’t lay your hands on anything proof

But they’ve never spent a day not seeing the light

Can you blame the poor miner

For seeking respite

With pick and a lantern he harvests the coal

Then climbs back out of that cavernous hole

To a constant reminder mountains will move

Can you blame the poor miner

Thirty men lost when the Bellevue did cave

And Hillcrest’s cold blanket of graves

Yet somehow he’s hewn it all from his mind

Can you blame the poor miner

His need to unwind

A family man, old country raised

A wife and children to feed on his wage

If he stands with the union to better his lot

Can you blame the poor miner

From hell to heaven, he passes each day

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel they say

Meantime there’s comfort in draining a glass

Can you blame the poor miner

It might be his last
© 2002 Maria Dunn, Distant Whisper Music, SOCAN / ASCAP

updated: 4 months ago