“Down in the Coal Mine”

Author: J. B. Geoghegan (or "Geehagen")
Earliest date: 1872
Keywords: mining nonballad work
Found in: US(MA) Britain


The miner sings, "I am a jovial collier lad, as blythe as blythe can be / And let the times be good or bad, it's all the same to me...." He describes his dark and dirty life and his lack of culture, but points out how all are dependent on him.

Cross references


  1. Warner 26, "Down in the Coal Mine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Arnett, pp. 128-129, "Down in the Coalmine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 171-172, "Down in a Coal Mine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #3502
  6. BI, Wa026