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Comment by Uncle John on December 20, 2015 at 5:02am

No doubt.  The story rings as true.

Comment by smilingdog1 on December 20, 2015 at 4:11am

Thanks Uncle John, the song was inspired by one just done by Jim Morris cover of John Prine's Paradise.

Lyrics are not hard to visualize being that my folks all come from coal mining, moon shining and hunting up grub. They all live into there late 90's and talk real slow. Still can their own food and use forest herbs for medicines. I've learned from pops how to survive well in the wild.

So never having mined coal myself, this is a tribute to those who have. I have that pot belly stove in storage : ) 

Comment by Uncle John on December 20, 2015 at 1:50am

Those are some good lyrics.  Got it goin' on down in St. Louis.

Comment by smilingdog1 on December 19, 2015 at 6:30pm

Great Christmas meeting, lots of gift exchanges. Loved the collaboration! All three songs spontaneously created from one or two attempts. Just a real blast.  

Comment by smilingdog1 on December 19, 2015 at 6:27pm

Coal

Coal runs in the family

Coal runs in my vain

Living this kind of life

Can drive anyone insane

 

You can dig out a living

Or you can dig out a grave

While trying to retire

On the little that you save

 

Use to dig all by hand

Now it’s done by a machine

That black hole’s just as cold

You know what I mean

 

Old a shack down the hill

With a pot belly stove

It’s warming up the bones

Of the young and the old

 

The rooster gets me up

A whistle sends us home

As surely as the world turns round

I heard that mountain grown

 

There’s soot in the washer

There’s soot in my hair

Lining the cab of my pickup truck

Black soot everywhere

 

 

Coal runs in the family

Coal runs in my vain

Tough as it is

I’m happy just the same

 

 

I’ve had the dreams

That most men have

Some’s has it better

Some have it bad

 

 

I’m pleased to tell ya

I’m here to stay

Be mining this coal

When they carry me away

There’s one thing I know for sure

You might not understand

People in the mining business

Pack an awful lot of sand

 

Coal runs in the family

Coal runs in my vain

Living this life is tough

But I love it just the same.

By: smilingdog

Comment by gary herget on December 19, 2015 at 2:42pm

Some good times at the Roadhouse!

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