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Song Parodies -> "Ballad Of Que Creek Mine"

Original Song Title:

"25 or 6 to 4"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Ballad Of Que Creek Mine"

Parody Written by:

The Comedian

The Lyrics

The original song "25 or 6 to 4" has only three verses. In order to tell my parody's story, I added three more verses.On July 24, 2002, eighteen miners working for the Black Wolf Coal Company descended into the Que (pronounced "kyoo" or "cue") Creek mine in western Pennsylvania. Nine of them were drilling in a tunnel when they accidentally punched a hole into the neighboring abandoned Saxman mine flooded with millions of gallons of water. Rescue workers fought for over three days to save them. They were finally lifted to safety, one by one, in a yellow metal capsule after 77 harrowing hours underground. All nine men survived. This is their story.
July Two Thousand and Two
Que Creek mine's eighteen-man crew
Gathered to begin their shift
They rode down on Black Wolf's lift

Just another working day
Earning their coal miner's pay

Armed with maps no longer true
They began to tunnel through
Suddenly that coal-dark wall
Turned into a waterfall

Icy water roared inside
Ancient Saxman Mine's cruel tide

Liquid ice above their knees
Fahrenheit forty degrees
Nine men ran and got away
Nine men trapped and forced to stay

Found a ledge above the flood
Huddled close to warm their blood

Then from up above somewhere
Came a pipe pumping fresh air
They left last words in a pail
Just in case the rescue failed

For three days and hours five
Nine men fought to stay alive

From above a crunching sound
Rocks and dirt came pouring down
On that ceiling made of coal
There appeared a man-sized hole

Through the hole a capsule burst
Send the weakest men up first

Yellow capsule lifting fast
Snatching men from Reaper's grasp
On the surface, cheering noise
Macho-men cried tears of joy

Shout for joy and thank the Lord
Que Creek nine are safe once more

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Guy - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
JD - Great, great parody and tribute! Hits close to home, My two grandfathers and my father all were coal miners in the soft coal region of Pennsylvania. My father's father was killed in a coal mining accident. I followed this story closely. A very dangerous occupation and a very special breed of men. Fantastic! Thanks for writing such a fine tribute.
Johnny D - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Thank you, Guy. Yes, they are indeed a very special breed of men, risking their lives so we can live comfortably and enjoy the luxury of electrical service in our heated, illuminated homes.

On this Thanksgiving, all Americans should pause and give a word of thanks for the work done by all of the courageous coal miners in our great nation.

Adagio - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Yes, was a special tribute and one that I'm glad that you reminded us of. Thank you. 5's
Johnny D - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Adagio.

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