New Folk Music Video On Impact of Mountain Top Removal

The Ohio-based folk band Magnolia Mountain has just released a new music video documenting the environmental and human impact of mountaintop removal coal mining.

The song, “The Hand of Man,” was released as part of a new 21-track album with bands from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia performing songs about protecting the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding communities from destructive coal mining practices.

Mountaintop removal mining is exactly what it sounds like: Explosives are used to to blow up mountains in order to access coal reserves, thus forcing rocks and soil into valleys and increasing concentrations of mercury and arsenic in water supplies. According to researchers from Washington State University and West Virginia University, communities located near mountaintop mining sites have seen double the amount of birth defects than the national rate. To date, almost 3,000 mountain ridges have been blown apart to access coal.

Watch the music video:

They say our nation needs our coal
And that is worth our lives and homes
We have no wealth, we have no voice
We have no power and no choice

‘Twas the hand of man brought a mountain down
Oh, the hand of man brought a mountain down
‘Twas the hand of man brought a mountain down
Oh, the hand of man brought a mountain down

The multi-artist album, “Music for the Mountains” was organized by Magnolia Mountain’s lead singer and guitarist Mark Utley. The groups have already raised more than $11,000 dollars for organizations in Ohio and Kentucky working to end mountaintop removal coal mining.

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9 Responses to New Folk Music Video On Impact of Mountain Top Removal

  1. John Lonergan says:

    From Paradise by John Prine

    “And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
    Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
    Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
    Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away”

  2. John McManus says:

    Do you know when he wrote the song. I saw Jim and Jesse do it at bluegrass festivals at the end of the seventies. Nobody noticed it as a protest/environmental song.

  3. catman306 says:

    “”Paradise” is a song written by John Prine for his father, and recorded for his 1971 debut album, John Prine. Prine also re-recorded the song for his 1986 album, German Afternoons. The song is about the impact of coal mining both while in activity and what happens to the area around the Green River in Kentucky once the coal mining ends. The song references a now-defunct town called Paradise in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.”
    john denver – paradise

  4. Jim Huskey says:

    Great cause and a great song! Why haven’t I heard about these guys already~!>? Checking them out now. :)

  5. John Lonergan says:


    He first recorded it in 1971, I first heard it later in the ’70’s when he performed it on Austin City Limits.

    Just goes to show, the coal companies have been messing up the environment a long time.

  6. PeterW says:

    Interesting how this is all possible because of the railroads. If they didn’t exist the coal industry would be crippled.

  7. Joe Gorman says:

    Check out the song HERE FOR THE LONG HAUL about the struggle to fight MTR.

  8. Joy Hughes says:

    Coal and the railroads grew up together. Almost half of rail cargo is still coal.

  9. Laurie Burnham says:

    Great song, powerful message. I hope people listen.
    Thanks to all the artists who care about this issue & contributed songs, I’ll have to check out the entire compilation. Maybe music can help stop them from moving the mountains!