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The Lump of Coal
(Hope's Diamond)

©2021 Sandra L. Reay

Howlin' Coyote Music, Colorado Sandstorm Music, B.M.I.

 
1.

On an old-time steam train, Durango Silverton

 

She swayed with the music of the steel rails on that run

 

Raven hair, sky-blue eyes, a Georgia peach I'm told

 

In that railroad car beside her, sat a lump of coal

   
chorus 1

Small black and dusty, just a lump of coal

 

Whatever it meant to her, perhaps I'd never know

   
2.

She stared at the river and the golden aspen leaves

 

Her smile soft and sweet, then I broke her reverie

  "Is that lump of coal for Christmas?” teasing, I remarked
 

But when her eyes met mine, she grabbed me by the heart

 
chorus 2

She had a lump of coal, black as ebony

 

Why she had it next to her, still a mystery

 
3.

She laughed, said, “My name is Hope. First trip to the West

 

I've seen my share of good days. Now, this one is the best.

 

The lump of coal is a souvenir for memories on this train

 

A tether to my glorious day, like a golden chain.”

 
bridge

I would say she found a diamond that day

 

Memories etched in stone with that lump of coal

   
4.

I tried to tell my story. She said, “Cowboy, let it go.

 

Find your inspiration. Find your lump of coal.

 

To talk about a future, you must forget the past”

 

As we chugged into the depot, my demons turned to ash

   
chorus 3 She had a lump of coal, black as ebony
  Why she had it next to her, now was plain to see
 

Small black and dusty, then I came to realize

 

This lump of coal was a diamond in Hope's eyes

   
coda

She had a lump of coal, black as ebony

 

Hope's diamond, that's how it came to be

 
The Lump of Coal (Hope's Diamond)
 
 
Steve Jone Lump of Coal Hope's Diamond CD
 

"Steve Jones saw a woman with a lump of coal while he was performing on the train from Durango to Silverton, and asked me to cowrite the song with him. I made it a romance. He made it more than that, and wrote the music, which fit it perfectly. I'm honored to be part of this song."
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