“The Shoofly”


The singer sees an old woman lamenting, "Ochone! sure I'm nearly distracted! For it's down by the Shoofly they cut a bad vein...." With all the local mines closed, she and her family are in debt and out of work. She can only hope conditions improve

Historical references

  • 1871 - Closing of the mine at Valley Furnace (in the Schuylkill Valley). The Shoofly colliery closed at about the same time.


  1. Scott-BoA, pp. 276-278, "The Shoofly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7720
  3. BI, SBoA276


Author: Felix O'Hare
Earliest date: 1949
Keywords: hardtimes mining
Found in: US(MA)