The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

The Dream of the Miners Child

Cat. #0713 (MFH #160) - As sung by Floyd McGinnis, Pea Ridge, Arkansas on May 20, 1969

VERSE 1
A miner was leaving his home for his work
He heard his little girl scream
He went to th side of his little girls bed
O, Daddy, I've such a dream

CHORUS:
O, Daddy, don't work in those mines today
For dreams they so of'en come true
O, Daddy, my Daddy, please don't go away
I never could live without you

VERSE 2
I dreamed that th mines were all steaming with fire
Men all fought for their lives
Just then th scene changed an' th mouth of th mines
Were covered with sweethearts an' wives

VERSE 3
Her Daddy, then smiling an' stroking her face
Was turning away from her side
But throwing her small arms around Daddy's neck
She gave him a kiss an' then cried,
Go down to th village an' tell your dear friends
As sure as th bright stars do shine
There's something that's going to happen today
O, Daddy, don't work in those mines

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