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The Miner's Lullaby (Ryan's Fancy) video
Coorie Doon
#754: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

Coorie doon, coorie doon, coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day;
Coorie doon, coorie doon, coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day.

Lie down, my dear, and in your ear,
To help you close your eyes,
I'll sing you a song, a slumbering song,
A miner's lullaby.

Your daddy's down the mine, my darling,
Down in the curly Main;
Your daddy's howkin' coal, my darling,
For his own wee wean.

Coorie doon, coorie doon, coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day;
Coorie doon, coorie doon, coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day.

There's darkness down the mine, my darling,
Darkness, dust and damp;
But we must have our heat, our light,
Our fire and our lamp.

Your daddy coories doon, my darling,
Doon in a three foot seam,
So you can coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon and dream.

Coorie doon, coorie doon, coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day;
Coorie doon, coorie doon, coorie doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day.

####.... Matt McGinn [1928-1977] ....####
Notes:
'Coorie doon' is Scottish for 'snuggle down'.
Curly Main - From the Dictionary of the Scots Language: Main coal - so called from its possessing all the good qualities found in any of the other strata in the country. It contains rough coal, splint, and parrot, or jet coal, and is preferred, by the consumers, to all the others, as the most profitable.

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Howking - digging, excavating, hollowing out.

The video above features a variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (From the Ryan's Fancy CBC Television series - Ryan's Fancy on Bell Island - June 15, 1977).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

The variant in the video below features a 1963 live performance by Luke Kelly.

#351: YouTube video by thetwangman ©2008
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