The Miner’s Wife

 

LYRICS

The Miner’s Wife

By JJ.C., Sydney Mines, C. B.

I have heard a lot of stories
Of the menfolk’s sorry plight;
Their hardships and their struggles,
Their battles and their strife.
Of all the stories I have read,
Or ever heard conversed,
I’ve heard so little of his mate;
For better or for worse.

I am speaking of the miner’s wife;
That girl of many cares;
With her magic gift for figures,
When the play she starts to share.
With a few cents to this one and that
It puzzles one full sore;
To see the way she sends each one;
With smiles, from both her doors.

She finds the time for all her tasks,
And some left over too;
But if she has a large rough flock,
There’s always more to do.
No wonder when she does get sick,
(That happens, it is true;)
Theres nothing ever seem to click,
And all are feeling blue.

From hubby down to youngest babe
She is doctor, wife and nurse;
She never thinks about that line,
For better, or for worse.
For seldom is it better,
When the mine is all one’s life;
Unless one has a better half,
Known as the miner’s wife.

 

By Breagh MacKinnon

BREAGH MACKINNON – VOCALS & PIANO, COLIN GRANT – VIOLIN

About Breagh MacKinnon

A celebrated young artist on the East Coast scene, Breagh Mackinnon’s voice takes center stage. Backed with her training as a jazz pianist, Mackinnon draws on her love of contemporary folk and pop music to create a sound that is uniquely her own.
 
Since releasing her ECMA nominated debut album “Where the Days Went” in 2012, Mackinnon has toured the East Coast and has performed at major festivals across the country.  Mackinnon grew up in a musical family on Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s hidden musical gems. Surrounded by the island’s music community, her interest in the craft of songwriting began at a young age.  “Collaboration has had a major influence on my music.
 
Playing with artists from different backgrounds inspires me to think outside the box, and co-writing has opened my eyes to a whole new approach to songwriting.”
 
Since 2011, Mackinnon has made an annual trip to Gordie Sampson’s renowned Songcamp, the birthplace of her album’s opening track “Harbourtown”. In 2013 her song “White Picket Love” earned her the International Finalist spot in NewSong Songwriting Competition and a performance at New York City’s Lincoln Center. 2014 saw Mackinnon travelling to Nashville and Germany with a delegation of Canadian writers to co-write and perform. She is currently working towards the release of her follow up sophomore album.

Resources

The 1925 Strike

Jeremy Akerman

Beaton Institute, T-28: Recording conducted by Jeremy Akerman in 1967. Produced under the auspices of CHER Radio, Sydney, and first aired on Monday, July 31, 1967 on the occasion of the official opening of the Cape Breton Miners Museum.

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