Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel". Musical references and economic trouble.

When I ran this yesterday: 
Lex Anteinternet: Coal in the ICU:    Mine haul truck on display in Wright Wyoming. Wyoming has had a long association with coal. The first coal mines in the state date...
I resisted the temptation to quote from John Prine's "New Grass" song "Paradise".

I'll note that the Tribune, while it didn't actually name the song, couldn't, and the reporter today started off his article about the Peabody Coal Company noting the sad song, and then turned to it again a second time.  Interesting.

For those who haven't heard it, the really sad song involves the demise of an actual Kentucky town named Paradise, and features the chorus:

And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

Well, the Peabody Coal Company won't be hauling Gillette away, although coal mining, as the article details, is really in huge long term trouble.   That doesn't help Gillette much either, rather obviously, but that's not Peabody's fault.

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