Who Sang West Virginia Mine Disaster? Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea Calling Me Home cover art
Release information
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country/Bluegrass/Folk
length: 4:29
Lyrics
Oh say, did you see him? It was early this morning,
He passed all your houses on his way to the call.
He was tall, he was slender and his dark eyes so tender,
His occupation was mining, West Virginia his home.

It was just before 12, I was feeding the children
Ben Mosly came running to bring us the news.
Number 8 is all flooded, many men are in danger,
And we dont know their number, but we fear theyre all doomed.
So I picked up the baby and I left all the others
To comfort each other and to pray for their own.
Theres Tommy, 14, and theres John, not much younger,

Now what will I say to his poor little children?
And what will I tell his dear mother at home?
And what will I say to my heart thats clear broken?
If I had the money to do more than just feed them
Id give them good learning, the best could be found.
And not spend their life digging in the dark underground.

Say, did you see him going? It was early this morning.
He passed all your houses on his way to the call.
He was tall, he was slender and his dark eyes so tender,
His occupation was mining, West Virginia his home.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 A Far Cry
  • 2 Gone, Gonna Rise Again
  • 3 The Wood Thrush’s Song
  • 4 West Virginia Mine Disaster
  • 5 The Maple’s Lament
  • 6 Hello, My Name Is Coal
  • 7 Calling Me Home
  • 8 Black Waters
  • 9 West Virginia, My Home
  • 10 Agate Hill
  • 11 Now Is the Cool of the Day
  • 12 Requiem for a Mountain

  • Release information
    label: Sugar Hill Records
    format: CD
    script: Latin