The night of Tuesday, July 24, 1979, shook not only the small mining community of Appin but the entire Illawarra, with the region’s families dependent on their men going underground day after day (Cox 2009). This song uses words from a poem by Sid Wright, and music written and arranged by Sarah De Jong. This arrangement, for the Illawarra Union Singers, has been transcribed with a couple of tweaks to the bass line, and guitar chords added, by Doug McPherson.
This is the original key. To save room the unison parts are only written on the soprano/alto stave.
This should only be used by a guitarist, with a capo on the 3rd fret.
Sarah De Jong’s Original Sheet Music
In most instances, the practice tracks include an introduction, not written into the sheet music.
Melody, Sung with Drum Beat
-Sung by a tenor; not a soprano
The sung parts are only where the alto differs from the soprano line.
All parts: These tracks below use combinations of instruments representing the four vocal parts. It may be useful to learn your part and then sing it with the accompaniment of these instrumental parts, to test how well you have learnt the part. Of these two tracks, the string arrangement may be more in keeping with the spirit of the song.
Lyrics: Syllables separated by hyphens
Here is the music in jpg format:
Notes on changes from previous versions of the song.
Cox, B, 2009 ‘Appin mine blast: a day that shook our world’, Illawarra Mercury, 23 July, viewed July 2 2019, <https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/619987/appin-mine-blast-a-day-that-shook-our-world/>