Dream of the Miner's Child


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Dream of the Miner's Child


One leaf handwritten in pencil on both sides. The document "The Ore Knob," Variant 7 is located on the reverse side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was laminated. There is some acid-related staining at the top edge. The document was folded horizontally and vertically into fourths, possibly for mailing.


Folk songs -- North Carolina Miners -- Songs and music Dreams -- Songs and music Fathers and daughters -- Songs and music Warnings -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Dream of the Miners Child

(1) A miner was leaving his home far his work
When he heard his little child scream he went to
the side of the little girld bed oh daddy I've
had such a dream


Oh daddy dont work in the mines today
for dreams have so often come true oh
dady my daddy dont go away I never could
live with outyou.

(2) I dreamed that the mines were all steaming
with fire the men all fought for their lives
just then the steam changed and the mouth
of the mines were covered with sweet hearts
and wines.


(3) Her daddy then smiling and spope[?] in her
face was turning away from her side but
throwing her small arms around daddys neck
gave him a kiss and then cried.

(4) Go down to the village and tell your
dear friends as sure as the bright
stars do shine theres something going
to happen today oh daddy don't go
to the mines


Mr Greer- dont guess you can read this I
had to write it in a hurry - Ruth Grogan.

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Dream of the Miner's Child

Document Title

Dream of the Miner's Child

Geographic Location

Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina

Scholarly Classification

Randolph, 859

Dimensions - Original

183 mm x 272 mm

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Susan G. Pepper