Ore Knob, Lyric Variant 07


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Ore Knob, Lyric Variant 07


One leaf handwritten in pencil on both sides. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document "Dream of the Miner's Child," is located on the reverse side. The document was laminated. There is some minor staining of unknown origin at the upper right corner and at the lower right corner. The document was folded horizontally and vertically into fourths, possibly for mailing.


Folk songs -- North Carolina Mine accidents -- Songs and music Miners -- Songs and music Salvation -- Christianity -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music Warnings -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Ore Knob Song


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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(1) Come blooming youths in the midst of day
and see how soon some pass away there
were two men worked with us here what
became of them you soon shall hear.

(2) They worked all day till evening tide
before the ground it made aslide and fifty
minutes after five they were healthy me and
yet alive.

(3) Before the whistle blew for six their eyes
were cast their doom was fixed the rocks and
dirt came tumbling down and under them these
men were found.

(4) Poor Sherley had a wife and children
dear poor Smith! had a mother sad news
to hear but we hope he did their hearts
renew and receive them into the heavenly

(5) for let us take heed what the scripture’s
say that we must watch as well as pray
for in an hour when you think its not
near the summons of death it may appear.

(6)We hope they went for consolation read
and believe gods revelation.

Classification Title

Ore Knob, Lyric Variant 07

Document Title

The Ore Knob Song


Ruth Grogan, 1912-

Geographic Location

Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Native American Ballads - 211

Dimensions - Original

183 mm x 272 mm

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Sarah C. Tonkin

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