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Words by Dick Gibbons and Music by Tom Paxton*
I've a thing or two ta tell ya that I think you ought to know,
Sure, when we was young and handsome, had ten years in the
Now me and old Ted Johnson, sure you'll not remember him,
Well, the blastin' had been easy, it was coming out like sand,
When we headed for the timb'ring, Sully must've took a spill,
Well, there's some can watch their partners die, not throw
their lives away,
They come around the ore car, Reilly wearing a big grin.
That day Sully's pail was buried, he ate from Reilly's pail
*Correction 2007-04-09: Roger wrote and said that he'd been in touch with Tom Paxton through his agent and that Tom said he didn't write the words to this song but that they were written by a poet, Dick Gibbons, of Seattle.
The Rarus mine mentioned in this song seems to have been in the Butte Montana area according to information provided by David Mitchell. He cites the following web sites:
"The Rarus [rail] line was built in the 1890s to serve the Anaconda Company which operated copper mines in Butte along with a smelting operation in Anaconda. ..."
[Note: When I visited the above link, it did not seem to have the text shown above though it did reference the Raurs and Warren Consolidate Mine..]
Rarus Mine, Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow Co., Montana
Ref.: Dana 7:I:390; Geology and Ore Deposits of the Butte District, Montana; W. Weed 1912; Ore Deposits at Butte, Montana, R. H. Sales, 1914
Various references on the Internet seem to indicate that there were other mines with "Rarus" in the name of the mine (such as the Rarus & Warren Consolidate Mine near Gunnison, Colorado and the Rarus Warrior Mines near Chaffee, Colorado.) However, the Rarus mine near Butte, Montana seems to be the only mine just called the "Rarus". None of these mines seem to have had any particularly long-lasting fame.