The choir that sings the battle of the Spanish coal
This collective of old but very alive voices, present and sincere, thus gives this melody of which nobody knows exactly where it comes from but almost everyone knows – in Spain at least – what it is: the historical anthem of coal miners and, by extension, many demonstrations that the European country has known since its entry into the crisis which left 25% of the working population jobless and families homeless.
The song says: «In the María Luisa well … four miners died … I bring the red shirt … from the blood of a colleague … my head is broken … which was broken by a coastal man «.
This letter, the most recent of several he has had in time, speaks of an accident in the late 1940s, but all versions have always referred to the harshness of mining life. (It can be heard in the video accompanying this note.)
This song’s connection to social upheaval has a long history.