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Kate Canan: Fool's Gold Song

Local resident and singer/songwriter, Kate Canan, was inspired to write her own song against the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Check out her performance with with Tom Wernigg on the guitar.




Lyrics


Fool’s Gold


At first the 49ers came

With picks and pans and mules

Soon they were blasting out the motherlode

Operating with no rules

Our land still bears the scars

They’re back with money and greed

Can’t let them open up the mine

We have all the gold we’ll ever need—

 

Chorus:

Sunlight sparkling in our streams

Oak leaves dancing in the fall

Wildflowers carpeting the foothills

A golden way of life for us all


2nd Verse:

Water fills the old mines

They’d have to pump it out

Sending toxins into Wolf Creek

Destroying wells all about

Diesel fumes, asbestos fibers

Poisoning our air

We must unite to tell them

We have gold already, everywhere—

 

Chorus


3rd Verse:

Machinery pounding, hammering

Trucks, a hundred trips a day

Near hospital and senior homes

Can’t let exploiters have their way

Forest habitats erased by

Seven story piles of tailings

Peace of mind destroyed unless we

Save the gold that never fails in

 

Chorus


Bridge:

Tunnel down, blast it out, and haul up the ore

Snake down beneath our town,

always looking for more

Then crush it and smelt it and mold it into ingots

Store it back underground in vaults


Coda:

Our land still bears the scars

They’re back with lies and greed

Can’t let them open up the mine

We have all the gold we need.


©Kathryn Canan, September 29, 2021

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