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I'm just a coal miner at heart
Working in the depths to do my part
It's damp and dark and lonely
But I know that it's only for a while

The sun comes up and I go down below
Trade in the sunrise for a candle's glow
That little flame will guide me
‘Reminds me you're beside me through it all

When I'm done my service
I'll return to the surface with a smile
Drink in the stars above me
In the night sky they look lovely
Just like diamonds
And I will pray
Thank Him for the day
And for safety

We share funny stories from our past
Hide each other's lunch pails just to get a laugh
Despite our hardened faces
We thank God for His graces all these years

When I'm done my service
I'll return to the surface with a smile
Drink in the stars above me
In the night sky they look lovely
Just like diamonds
And I will pray
Thank Him for the day
And for safety

June 19, 1914 a hundred and eighty-nine died
I was one of forty-six; I was one of forty-six who cried
I awoke in the dust and smoke
Swore I heard the angels call my name
Then I saw my wife and son
And knew the reason I remained
The starry skies lit up that night like fallen brothers
Smiling down on me
With carbide lamps shining bright
For all of us to see

When I'm done my service
I'll return to the surface with a smile
Drink in the stars above me
In the night sky they look lovely
Just like diamonds

When we're done our service
We'll depart from the surface and we'll fly
Up past the highest mountains
Into life's eternal fountains in the sky

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from Heads Is East, Tails Is West, released April 1, 2014

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JOAL KAMPS Calgary, Alberta

JOAL KAMPS is an award-winning folk/roots solo artist recently turned husband/wife duo who are passionate about connecting with people through music and laughter. Based between Canada and the Netherlands, Joal and Lauren Kamps blend storytelling with songwriting to create “Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop” songs inspired by Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journey. ... more

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