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The Sago Mine

Mr. Hatfield, he managed the Sago

for the company's dotted line.

The union was not going to tell him

how he could run his mine.

And how deep is the Sago mine?

How far down does it go

in the heart of West Virginia soil

and the American soul?

Hatfield, he didn't care for regulation.

Inspectors just got in the way

with their rules and paperwork

and those little fines he paid.

And how deep is the Sago mine?

A man who goes down

to dig the black diamonds

knows he might dig his own grave

but Hatfield didn't lose any sleep

over chances miners take.

And how deep is the Sago mine?

The day after New Years'

they heard the explosion --

thirteen men under the ground.

In town everybody prayed

that somehow they'd get out

To a church where the families had gathered

came word the miners were alive.

How hard then to learn the truth

that all but one had died!

Mr. Ross the mine owner told the reporters

he'd help the widows and their kids

but from the millions that he has

not one cent did he give.

And how deep is the Sago mine?

Rough cut video posted to YouTube 7/25/08. Click here to watch the video.

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