I’ve been discussing the origin of the phrase “The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out”.. He never saw real money. 16 0 obj <> endobj You load sixteen tons and what do you get? One of the songs was “Dark As A Dungeon” and another, “Sixteen Tons.”  For the latter song, Travis had pieced together fragments of phrases he had heard while growing up and in later life. Email requests/problems/suggestions to MakeMomentsMatter@gmail.com, ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------, Check out my blog for more ideas, freebies, and resources! A never-ending cycle of debt often resulted, meaning essentially that the workers were perpetually bound to the company. "Dem Bones" (also called "Dry Bones" and "Dem Dry Bones") is a spiritual song. I’d sung ‘Sixteen Tons’ years before [on radio], but it hadn’t been any blockbuster, and Merle Travis, who’d written it, had put it in an album of his songs called Folk Songs of the Hills. They could only be spent at the company store. He passed away the following year due to liver cancer. 34 0 obj <>stream "Skin and Bones" by The Wind and the Wave Now, some people say a man’s made out of mud,

In fact, during the Cold War hysteria of the late 1940s, songs dealing with workers’ woes by “folk music activists,” as they were called, became suspect. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; 1 position for ten weeks. Ford proved a versatile performer, cutting across comedy, film, and various music genres, including country, pop, gospel and religious music.

Buyer does not have rights to share or distribute. And as “Sixteen Tons” made plain in its lyrics, indebtedness to the company was also a problem in some coal communities, especially before labor reforms were adopted. 34 mine had two fatal explo- sions in the 1950s — one on February 1957 that took 37 lives, and another in October 1958 that killed 22. In less than month after its release, over one million recordings of “Sixteen Tons” were sold. “…[I]t was Ford’s powerful vocal that transformed “Sixteen Tons” from a simple labor song into a defiant declaration of Faulknerian endurance…”, See also at this website: “Harry Caudill, 1950s-1980s,” about a famous Kentucky author and strip-mine activist, and “Paradise,” a story about a John Prine song describing strip mining, “Mr. George Korson, Coal Dust on the Fiddle, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1965, pp. And the straw-boss said, “Well, bless my soul.”. Comments to:  jdoyle@pophistorydig.com. Music Resource Bundle - Variety Pack, Everything Halloween from my TPT store in one place! Then we decided to do some of Merle’s things with modern instrumentation [on television]. The company store manager essentially determined how the family budget was managed, through indebtedness. Well, I was born one mornin’, it was drizzlin’ rain. This song is part of a BUNDLE! In 2015, “Sixteen Tons” was recognized for its cultural significance by the U.S. Library of Congress. “Kentucky Coal Area Recalls Days of Token Money”(Dunmor, KY), New York Times, Sunday, May 4, 1980, p. 59. By December 15, 1955, more than 2 million copies were sold, then making it the most successful single to date. But the song did not receive much notice. There was a lady of skin and bone And such a lady was never known It fell upon St Stephen's Day This lady went to church to pray (x2) 2. Nobody said, ‘We’re glad you brought this along because it’s sure to sell a million copies in twenty-one days.’  They didn’t say that because anybody in his right mind knew that wouldn’t happen. 0000000676 00000 n In recent years, mine accidents have continued to occur, as in the May 2006 Darby Mine explosion in Harlan County, KY that took five lives; the August 2007 Crandall Canyon Mine cave-in of Emery County, Utah that killed six miners and later three rescuers; and the Montcoal, WV mine explosion of April 2010 at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners. ).In this case the phrase is “The grubs crawled in, the grubs crawled out”. amzn_assoc_title = "Books of Possible Interest"; MakeMomentsMatter.org. This includes all Halloween Themed Favorite Folk Song Kits, Interactive Games, Centers, Bulletin Boards, Vocal Exploration, and more.

1 position there for eight weeks. In December 1951, for example, the Orient No. The Fox is a traditional folk song (Roud 131) from England.It is also the subject of at least two picture books, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: an old song, illustrated by Peter Spier and Fox Went out on a Chilly Night, by Wendy Watson.The earliest version of the song was a Middle English poem, dating from the 15th century, found in the British Museum. Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. 0000006953 00000 n Both a long and a shortened version of the song are widely known. When Merle did them, he’d used a straight guitar music background. I know t Now, some people say a man’s made out of mud. 'Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields', Box set, 2 CDs with 69-page booklet. Travis’ version of “Sixteen Tons” was released by Capitol records in 1947 on Folk Songs of The Hills..

Ernie Ford also appeared in Hollywood films, sang the title song for the 1954 Marilyn Monroe/Robert Mitchum film, River of No Return, a song which became a pop hit. 2 & 3. "Sixteen Tons" record sleeve photo.Song Resonates. Fightin’ and trouble is my middle name. Library of Congress, “Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Miners.”. “Coal Mining Disasters,” (incidents with 5 or more fatalities), NIOSH Mining Safety and Health Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health. 0000000016 00000 n amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; 1 hit on almost every list. Well, I was born one mornin’ when the sun didn’t shine.

He also had bit parts in Hollywood films singing in B Westerns.

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What an awesome musical experience to encourage singing and movement! You may copy a slide to include in a PowerPoint (etc.) Miner working in a confined, cramped position inside a narrow coal seam on a piece of equipment called a ‘lizard.’ (photo, Earl Dotter). I remember we did this exact same song in our gym every halloween at our elementry school. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart";

Coal mining town of Dehue, West Virginia showing a 1934 labor march. In early 1955, Ford did a version of “Sixteen Tons” on television.

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Article Citation: I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mines. For more coal safety history see the Ted Kennedy section of. '”, “They liked ‘Sixteen Tons,’ all right, at Capitol, …but nobody threw a fit over it. Favorite Folk Songs BUNDLE – SPOOK Pack Teacher Kits for Halloween, Halloween songs, folk history, and more. If you want to get it all, then this is the bundle for you! With no competition, the company could keep prices high for everyday items, and employees — especially those with families — often needed to pay in credit with tokens or scrip. Do you like this folk song set? Library of Congress, "Songs & Ballads of The Bituminous Miners. <]>> amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Tennessee Ernie Ford, meanwhile, went on to a successful TV career hosting prime-time network music and variety shows from 1956 to 1965. To get a better idea of everything that’s included in a Favorite Folk Song Set download these FREE Teacher Kits: Favorite Folk Song – Alabama Gal Teacher Kit, Favorite Folk Song – Looby Loo Teacher Kit, Title Pages – often with multiple names for the song, Historical information about the song/backstory, Fun facts and information to enhance schema, Slides to help explain odd word combinations/archaic vocabulary, A PowerPoint version of the file for digital presentation. Suffocation took the lives of 6 workers in a Dora, PA mine in June 1966. Within five days, NBC received over 1,200 letters from viewers asking about the song. I loaded sixteen tons of Number Nine coal, When we did them we used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano. “Digging Our Own Graves,” 1987 book about black lung disease.

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