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White Pine

Up here in White Pine we got a hole in the ground, a big old copper mine, just like in your town

White Pine
Karyn Maclean – fiddle; Mark Nelson – banjo; John Erickson – bass guitar;
Diane Soden-Groves – vocals, drums, concertina; Timothy Soden-Groves – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Up here in White Pine we got a hole in the ground,
A big old copper mine, it’s the pride of our town
And everyday people workin’ hard to earn their wage
They got lives to live, kids to raise, and bills to pay
Yeah, up here in White Pine, we got a hole in the ground
A big old copper mine, it’s the pride of our town
   

Times were tough, near belly-up when the mine shut down
The engineers said the mother lode was dead, she was all tapped out
But copper’s there still and if there’s a will there’s a bitter way
And who’s to care ‘bout acid down there, buried far away?
While up here in White Pine what price does living demand?
The American Dream shines like fire across the land.
   

Caught in the snare together we share accountability
Do we buy our material lives at the cost of what was free?
While up here in White Pine we got a hole in the ground
A big old copper mine, just like in your town
   

The things we need, the lives we lead, they take their toll
And maybe there’s a better way to let this big rock roll
We dreamed of progress in the 19th century
And we carried that dream on our backs ‘til we made it history
Does anyone here have a new dream for what this place could be?
Does anyone here have a new dream?
 

Mother Earth what will we do when the well runs dry?
Father time what does it mean when the clock won’t wind?
And the days are passing for squeezing water from the stone
Still the sand that’s slipping through our fingers whispers hope
While up here in White Pine we got a hole in the ground
A big old copper mine, just like in your town
 
 
Up here in White Pine
Up here in White Pine
Up here in White Pine (We got a hole in the ground)
Up here in White Pine
Words and Music by Timothy Soden-Groves, hereby donated to the Public 
Domain. No Rights Reserved. Power to the hearts of the people!

2 comments on “White Pine

  1. Sandy Olin

    This is so timely and thought provoking. It’s one of my favorites. Thank you Timothy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Haunting

    Liked by 1 person

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