Poor Miner’s Farewell

Aunt Molly Jackson

Lingua: Inglese

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Album “The Songs and Stories of Aunt Molly Jackson”, Folkways Records.
Songs sung by John Greenway


“Folksinger and Kentucky mountain midwife Aunt Molly Jackson caught the attention of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie with her stories and songs about the struggles of working-class life. Here presented by John Greenway, her work reflects genuine care for humanity and her furious fight against social injustice.” (Dall’introduzione al disco)

"I composed this song one day while I was walking along thinking of how soon a coal miner is forgotten after he is dead. The day I composed this song I never will forget; it was about three weeks after my own dear brother was killed. I found my brother‘s three oldest children out on the street. They told me they had been over to a store to try to get some food. They said 'We are out of money, and we have been all over town trying to get some groceries on time, but everyone has turned us down.' Then my brother‘s little blue-eyed boy looked up at me so sweet and said to me, ‘Aunt Molly, will you get us some food to eat?' So I walked along back home that evening, feeling so sad, and thinking of my brother’s dear children left without a dad. So I composed this song.”
(Dalla nota introduttiva alla canzone come dal libretto che accompagna il disco)
They leave their dear wives and little ones, too,
To earn them a living as miners all do;
Poor hard-working miners, their troubles are great.
So often while mining they meet their sad fate.

Only a miner killed under the ground,
Only a miner and one more is found;
Killed by some accident, there's no one can tell
Your mining's all over, poor miner, farewell.

Poor orphaned children, thrown out on the street
Ragged and hungry, with nothing to eat;
Their mothers are jobless and their fathers are dead,
Poor fatherless children, left crying for bread.

When I'm in Kentucky so often I meet
Poor coal miners’ children out on the street;
"How are you doing?" to them I said;
"We’re hungry, Aunt Molly, we're begging for bread."

inviata da Alessandro - 15/3/2010 - 11:39

In realtà questo brano di Aunt Molly Jackson (parente stretta di Sarah Ogan Gunning e di Jim Garland) è basato su Only a Miner Killed, una poesia risalente al 1879 ed attribuita a John Wallace Crawford, detto “Captain Jack”, ranger, giornalista, cacciatore d’indiani, soldato e cantore dell’“Ovest Selvaggio”.
E quella poesia ispirò pure Only A Hobo a Bob Dylan.

Bernart Bartleby - 15/4/2015 - 15:15

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