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THE COAL MINER

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THE COAL MINER



Coal mines in my daddy's day, 
Were dug with strong hands and back
They got larger and deeper, 
As the lungs of the miners turned black

Cave-ins, fires and explosions,
Were my father’s daily fear.
But what choice has a man 
When the wolf of hunger is near.

With three small kids and a wife,
There were five stomachs to fill
As we lived in poverty, 
In our shack below a hill.

I feel his blood within me,
As the years of my life pass by,
I'm proud that dad dug King Cole, 
For a miner so am I.

Life to me is but a rose,
Though it's thorns can make me cry. 
And like my dad before me, 
To my Lord I  will not lie.

In cold earth someday I’ll sleep, 
With a shinny stone above.
Carved in it, shall be the words, 
"I have known the joy of love."


 

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