Me too, Ken. Same thing here in Montreal. The news about Springhill was everywhere.
Years later, when I heard the song by Peter, Paul & Mary ---
these words grabbed me by the throat and ripped my heart out:
"Eight days passed and some were rescued,
Leaving the dead to lie alone.
All their lives they dug their graves,
Two miles of earth for a marking stone."
Brucester, I can still remember watching and hearing the news reports about Springhill when I was a little kid in Ottawa.
So far, 2020 has been one hell of a crappy year (excuse my French) - and ironically, nothing
has been the same since the death of our beloved legendary Bob Shane (January 26th, 2020).
The recent killing spree in Nova Scotia brought back memories of a song written by Peggy Seeger
(24 years of age & half-sister to Pete Seeger) - and performed by Peter, Paul & Mary.
Springhill Mining Disaster
On October 23rd, 1958, a huge "bump" (underground earthquake) devastated the
Nova Scotia coal town of Springhill - and made international headlines.
Of the 174 miners in the 'Number Two' mine at the time of the "bump" ---
75 died...and 99 were trapped - but eventually rescued.
Peggy Seeger wrote this song in a French cafe while watching a "live" television broadcast
of the Springhill, Nova Scotia, mining disaster. She said:
"Back in the day, I'd sing protest songs without knowing much about them.
I just thought they needed to be sung."