Early Morning Shift Change at the Mine Circa 1930 / The Orphan Girl

03:05
Dublin Gulch
2016
Jim Schulz & Tom Powers

Story

Tom Powers: lead vocals

Rory Makem: harmony vocals

Liam Spain: harmony vocals

Mickey Spain: harmony vocals

Jim Schulz: harmony vocals, bouzouki

Mick Cavanaugh: guitar

John Joyner: banjo

Luke Michelson: upright bass

Dan Nichols: percussion

Lyrics

The Orphan Girl 

 

In the darkness, we arrive to greet the Orphan Girl

Every morning before five where the headframes whirl

As we drop into the black for our children and our wives

We hear the cage bells ringing for the Orphan Girl

 

Now, daylight’s but a dream for the Orphan Girl

We are following the gleam of the silvers’ swirl

Set the charges, light the fuse and blast another seam

To keep the hammers swinging in the Orphan Girl

 

We toil around the clock with the Orphan Girl

We are bustin’ up the rock that we heave and hurl

Then we push it down the track and to the loading dock

To keep the smelter singing o’er the Orphan Girl

 

They come from all around to meet the Orphan Girl

To the chippy hoist, they’re bound down the shaft they’ll twirl

Where the air is always cool and the timbers stout and sound

And another heart is clinging to the Orphan Girl

 

If there’s a mine for us, it’s the Orphan Girl

Where the rattle and the fuss of the steam drill’s skirl

Takes us deeper down the hole, closer to the Devil’s dust

For the bounty we’ll be bringing from the Orphan Girl

 

In the darkness, we arrive to greet the Orphan Girl

Every morning before five where the headframes whirl

As we drop into the black for our children and our wives

We hear the cage bells ringing for the Orphan Girl

 

As we drop into the black for our children and our wives

We hear the cage bells ringing for the Orphan Girl