Sung by: Loyd Richardson
Recorded in Timbo, AR 9/3/62

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A miner was leaving his home for his work,
While hearing his little child scream,
And turning to the side of his little girl's bed,
Says, "Daddy, I've had such a dream."

Chorus: "Oh, Daddy, don't go to the mines today,
For dreams have so often come true.
Oh, Daddy, my Daddy, please don't go away,
For I never could live without you."

"I dreamed that the mines were all steaming with fire;
The men all fought for their lives,
And when the steam entered, the mouth of the mines
Were crowded with sweethearts and wives."


Her Daddy then, smiling and stroking her face,
Was turning away from her sigh.
While laying her small arms around Daddy's neck,
She gave him a kiss, and then cried:
"Go down to the village, and tell your dear friends
As sure as the bright stars do shine,
There's something that's going to happen today.
Oh, Daddy, don't go to the mines."


Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #859.

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