Take A Ride - Track 8 - Westray Trilogy

© Copyright 2011 Ghostrider and The Allied Horns
Westray Trilogy - 7:25  |  Morse SOCAN/BMI
 


All us folks 'round here loved Larry
best guy you ever knew
with his smilin' eyes and his long red hair
always quick with a joke for you

and he loved to pick up that old quitar and play a Skynyrd song or two
'til that dreadful day, that nineth of May, when the Westray Coal Mine blew

Not a day goes by that our hearts don't cry
don't wish they hadda hanged the boss-men high
not that a hangin' ever bring them boys back home

From the Westray mine to the bye and bye, there's a 26 soul strong lullaby
forever lives on, in our hearts and in our songs
oh the day, old Westray went wrong

Those boys they loved their families, those boys were you and me
Just a doin' what ya gotta do, to make all the ends meet
but they lost their trust to the methane dust and the deal with the company
and they lost their lives to that blackened mine and the man's bureaucracy

Tell me just who turns the sky wheel
and how could God have such things be
let 'em be...no no no...

The Foord seam had stolen many, since the day they first began
digging for the company coal, round the town of Stellarton
so remember the Westray Miner, a son, a brother, or a friend
and that just might help keep 'em, until ye meet again

Not a day goes by that our hearts don't cry
don't wish they hadda hanged the boss-men high
not that a hangin' ever bring them boys back home

From the Westray mine to the bye and bye there's a 26 soul strong lullaby
Forever plays on, in our hearts and in our songs
oh the day, old Westray went wrong
oh the day, old Westray went wrong
damn the day, old Westray went wrong...
 

© Copyright 2011 Ghostrider and The Allied Horns

I wrote this song as a tribute to my old friend Larry Bell and the 25 other miners who lost their lives in the Westray Mine explosion at Plymouth, Pictou County, NS on May 9th, 1992. Westray Trilogy begins as a memorial to the victims of the disaster and becomes a celebration of their lives and all of the hearts they touched while here with us.

Larry was a very comical and popular individual and I think the first verse captures his spirit to a tee. He was also a guitar player and huge southern rock fan, hence the high energy, southern inspired crescendo to the piece.

Westray was, and is, a controversal and emotional topic especially in these parts. It was not my intention to open old wounds or offend anyone, particularly with respect to the line about "the boss-men". Perhaps within a few weeks of the disaster I was in a store and overheard one gentleman saying to another "somebody better hang for this, not that it'll ever bring them boys back home"....etc. There was a lot of anger in the air at that time, some remains today. This song chooses to end on a high note focusing on the good memories of these men and also is a tip of the hat to the dragermen and proud, courageous people of Pictou County with over 200 years of mining history in the unforgiving Foord seam. - PM

"So remember the Westray miner, a son, a brother, or a friend...
and that just might help keep 'em, until ye meet again."