You, Me, and All of the Above

The Heart of a Woman

Kristin Lems
Kristin Lems


I wrote this in 2012 while working closely for a month with English teachers in Chile.  I discovered that in all of the amazing stories about the 2010 mine rescue, there was another important “backstory”



3. The Heart of a Woman

words and music by Kristin Lems

© 2015 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

1.  In Copiapo Chile, a mine shaft collapsed

Maria and the other wives rushed to the scene

“Go away ladies, this is men’s work!”

She said, “You break rocks, but you can’t break me!”



The heart of a woman is deeper than a mountain

Harder than rock, safer than a shelter

The heart of a woman is deeper than a mountain

Rock my soul.


2.  33 miners deep inside the mountain

33 miners as good as dead

But the women and the children set up their camp

“You will bring them out alive!” the women said.


3.  For 19 days the probes brought nothing

But in Maria’s heart was a tapping sound

The 19th day, the probe brought a message

33 miners alive underground!


4.  The men underground sang songs, told stories

Exercised in their prison in the earth

Got notes and videos from women who waited

Reminding them what life is worth.


5.  After 69 days, the capsule was ready

The world held its breath, sent letters, said prayers

Till one by one the men were liberated

Into the arms of the women there!

Kristin Lems:  lead vocal, spoken word

Lynn Keller:  bass guitar, synth bass

Susan Draus:  vocal arrangement

 Tim Morey:  classical guitar

Vance Okraszewski:  drums, percussion

Charnette Batey, Candace Quarrels, Susan Draus:  background vocals

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