Dropkick Murphys: The Hardest Mile Meaning
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The Hardest Mile Lyrics
Sending every penny home to the family
Off to find fortunes that can't be bought
Now Paddy's struck down from a single shot
Paddy's struck down from a single shot!
They lured the men away...
anonymous Jul 14th 2011 report
The Hardest Mile refers to Duffy's Cut, a length of railroad near Philadelphia, USA. The line was laid in 1832 by 57 Irish immigrant workers who subsequently vanished. They are believed to have died in a cholera epidemic and were found buried in a mass grave that was excavated in 2004. Some evidence suggests that some of the men were murdered, likely by anti-immigrant vigilantes.
This article says they were shot and did not die of sickness as had been thought.
According to this web page 50 to 57 Immigrant Irish Railroad worked died while building a 20 mile stretch of track west from Philadelphia and are buried in a cemetery alongside the tracks.
The song says they were shot, the article says they died of Diphtheria.
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