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Mining for Gold

We are miners, hard rock miners
To the shaft house we must go
Pour your bottles on our shoulders
We are marching to the slow

On the line boys, on the line boys
Drill your holes and stand in line
'til the shift boss comes to tell you
You must drill her out on top

Can't you feel the rock dust in your lungs?
It'll cut down a miner when he is still young
Two years and the silicosis takes hold
And I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold

Yes, I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold
songwriter: James Gordon

performed by: The Cowboy Junkies

date released: 1990 by The Cowboy Junkies

The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative rock/country/blues band which hail from Toronto, Canada.
The group was formed in 1985 by Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins (all siblings) and Alan Anton.
The Town of Timmins was founded by Noah Timmins in 1912 following gold discoveries in the Porcupine Camp. By 1912 the Hollinger, MacIntyre and Big Dome Mines were founded.

The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, the mining prospector for whom the town, Timmins, Ontario, was named. Is there any wonder then why they chose this subject for their song?

After an unauspicious start, the band received critical attention with their second album, "The Trinity Session", which was recorded in 1987 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto.

Mining for Gold

We are miners, hard rock miners
To the shaft house we must go
Pour your bottles on our shoulders
We are marching to the slow

On the line boys, on the line boys
Drill your holes and stand in line
'til the shift boss comes to tell you
You must drill her out on top

Can't you feel the rock dust in your lungs?
It'll cut down a miner when he is still young
Two years and the silicosis takes hold
And I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold

Yes, I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold
songwriter: James Gordon

performed by: The Cowboy Junkies

date released: 1990 by The Cowboy Junkies

The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative rock/country/blues band which hail from Toronto, Canada.
The group was formed in 1985 by Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins (all siblings) and Alan Anton.
The Town of Timmins was founded by Noah Timmins in 1912 following gold discoveries in the Porcupine Camp. By 1912 the Hollinger, MacIntyre and Big Dome Mines were founded.

The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, the mining prospector for whom the town, Timmins, Ontario, was named. Is there any wonder then why they chose this subject for their song?

After an unauspicious start, the band received critical attention with their second album, "The Trinity Session", which was recorded in 1987 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto.

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Quiz #: 10516
Hailing from the mineral-rich area of Timmins, Ontario, the Cowboy Junkies rhapsodize about the harsh life in the mining industry
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Low Intermediate

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