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Rita MacNeil and Men Of The Deep


I Shall Not Walk Alone
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Here's version
performed by
Nova Scotia's own
"Rita MacNeil"
&
"Men Of The Deeps"

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From the heart of Cape Breton and right into ours comes a spectacular yet homey musical presentation featuring Internationally known songstress,
Rita MacNeil
and the well known
Cape Breton Miners Chorus,
The Men of the Deeps
If you think you have a tough job, try pulling a 12-hour shift shovelling sooty rock in a dark hole, 10 km out under the Atlantic Ocean. These miners still sang a merry tune to get them through the long, lonely trip down to the abyss. In 1966 they brought their music to the surface preserving in song some of the rich folklore of the island's coal mining communities.

LYRICS
Battered and torn
still I can see the light
Tattered and worn
but I must kneel to fight

Friend of mine
what can't you spare
I know some times
it gets cold in there

When my legs no longer carry
and the warm wind chills my bones
I reach for Mother Mary
and I shall not walk alone

Hope is alive
while we're apart
only tears
speak from my heart
break the chains
that hold us down
and we shall be
forever bound

When I'm tired and weary
and a long way from home
I reach for Mother Mary
and I shall not walk alone

Beauty that
we left behind
how shall we
tomorrow find

Set aside
our weight in sin
so that we
can live again

When my legs no longer carry
and the warm wind chills my bones
I reach for Mother Mary
and I shall not walk alone


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