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Oaks Pit Mine Disaster 1866

Artist: TUTONI
Artist's Description
In the style of 18th and 19th century ballad story telling, this is the true story of England's worst ever pit disaster.

Genre(s): Folk, Traditional Folk
Mood(s): Dramatic, Sad
Style(s): Ballad, Story
Language(s): English
Standard License:$30.00
Extended License:$100.00

Oaks Pit Mine Disaster 1866

On the twelfth day of December Eighteen Sixty Six
At a pit out Barnsley Way
Three Hundred and Sixty One people died
It's remembered to this day
Known as the worst in England
There have been many others as well
What caused this great disaster
This song I hope will tell
The afternoon shift was ending
When an explosion ripped through the mine
The two pits that were working
Neither of them did survive
In number one the winding gear was damaged
In number two the cage it was blown up
What could have caused these events
It was certainly not just bad luck
After two attempts at rescue
In which rescuers also dies
They thought it was all over
And no one was left alive
But one man he was living
And still was underground
One of the rescuers was breathing
His name was Samuel Brown
By the fifteenth of December
When more explosions had been revealed
No more could be done for anyone
And on the seventeenth the shaft was sealed
To put a raging fire out
That was the colliery owners aim
But after it was all over
What went wrong ? Who's to blame ?
The inquest was inconclusive
Many widows and young children were left
But although a fund supported them
The community was bereft
The mine working laws were later changed
So not to repeat this awful crime
A monument was also built
I hope that at least recalls the time

And remembers those who then were gone
Those who were killed at Oaks Pit Mine
Those who were killed at Oaks Pit Mine.


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