Sprinkle Coal Dust on my Grave

Comments on “Sprinkle Coal Dust on my Grave

    bernie on August 28, 2010 3:35 PM:

    I really enjoy your site and check it often. This video is shot beautifully…good find. It reminded me of a musician that you may like. His name is Sam Amidon and he reworks old Appalacian folk songs…really great stuff.

    off his current release —>

    Bill on August 28, 2010 4:04 PM:

    A beautiful little film and song. A sad American tale. And a ton of incredible lights, fixtures and furniture just screaming to be salvaged.

    Gordon Ye Ole General Store on August 28, 2010 4:21 PM:

    Beautiful, and sad. Today, mountain top mining, is creating new areas, that will look like this in fifty years.

    will279 on August 28, 2010 4:24 PM:

    Bill, you beat me to it. We need to rent a semi, go up there and collect a load of authentic old stuff, and turn it into furniture for yuppie scum.

    Japhy Ryder on August 28, 2010 5:01 PM:

    Not so sad
    just melancholy
    not so bad
    just a time ago
    long forgotten.

    Under the rinse
    there is a rise
    under the dust
    there is memory
    of lost eyes.

    When the steel
    turns to rust
    and the winter
    begins to blow.

    All that which
    was empty
    will begin again
    and the rest
    will surely know.

    Emma Howard on August 28, 2010 5:43 PM:

    Touching tribute to hard working men who toiled, sacrificed their health and time away from loved ones for ” a little lump of coal”.

    We need to connect with the Earth one way or another. Hanging in museums & private collections are the torn,stained,mended coats of Japanese fishermen.

    Continuous Lean is one of my favorite sites.

    Thanks so much,


    R4L on August 28, 2010 6:15 PM:

    How can we say progress is happening if this is allowed?

    Curtywurty on August 28, 2010 9:34 PM:

    Is this video shot in Centralia, PA? If so, it is within 5 miles of Ashland, PA, the home of Gitman Shirts. Ashland also has a coal mine you can go into on a little train car, 1/2 mile into the ground. I did the coal mine and the Gitman shirt warehouse store in the same morning this summer. It was very interesting on many levels to see how people have adapted in this part of the US.

    Jason on August 28, 2010 11:39 PM:

    That is Centralia. Well one scene is. I’m the last scion of that town. I have the dubious honor of being the youngest person to have lived there and we just moved to the top of the mountain opposite the mine fire. I used to give tours to yuppies of the mine fire on a 1960’s single speed red and white bike. It’s 2 miles from Ashland.

    Jason on August 28, 2010 11:41 PM:

    My mom worked at Gitman for a decade in the 70’s. The coal region is worth visiting for the food and the Americana which exists cheaply and in abundance. Anthracite mind you. I can;t speak about those bituminous fields…

    Matt on August 29, 2010 9:15 AM:

    Thanks for the post. Beautiful video. I love studying and learning about anything to do with Appalachia, unions, etc (Check out ‘Poor but Proud, by Wayne Flynt), but sometimes its best just to walk around and absorb the history.

    Chris Besnon on August 29, 2010 9:47 AM:

    Beautifully conceived / filmed / produced and published film. The quality of all aspects is truly breath-taking. Well done! Thank you for sharing it with us acontinuouslean.com

    Dan on August 29, 2010 9:53 PM:

    This is hauntingly beautiful, though tragic since it represents a former thriving industry.

    If you’d like to explore the fallout from a collapsed steel town, I’d RUN to pickup a copy of Philip Meyer’s novel, American Rust. He treats his characters with empathy and grace. It is the best book I’ve read in years. Steinbeck for the 21st century.

    Tintin on August 30, 2010 3:36 PM:

    I am at a lost for words. Rare that happens. Beautiful. Heart breaking. Made me think of Matewan.

    CTP on August 30, 2010 7:51 PM:

    I had no idea Detroit got this bad.

    Bill Smith on September 1, 2010 2:55 PM:

    Love the video.

    Octave C. Crow on September 1, 2010 3:22 PM:


    Beautiful song written and sung by Jean Ritchie. If you don’t know it, enjoy!

    David Fox on September 4, 2010 1:34 PM:

    amazing images. beautiful, haunting and inspiring

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