Blue Diamond Mines

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Kathy Mattea

Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea (pronounced ma-TAY-a) (born June 21, 1959, in South Charleston, West Virginia) is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic and traditional country sounds to her music. Active since 1983 as a recording artist, she has recorded seve… more »

I remember the ways in the by gone days
When we were in our prime 
How us and John L 
Give the old man hell
Down in the blue diamond mine

Well the whistle blowed
And the rooster crowed
Two hours before daylight 
When a man done his best
And he earned his good rest
Made seventeen dollars at night 

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In the mines, in the mines 
In the blue diamond mines
I worked my life away
In the mines, in the mines 
In the blue diamond mines
Fall on your knees and pray

You old black gold
You've taken my lungs 
And your dust has darkened my home
And now that we're old
Your turning your back
 Where else can an old miner go?

Well its almablock and big leatherwood 
And now it's blue diamond too
Well the pits are all closed 
And it's get another job
What else can an older miner do?

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John M had a dream 
But it is broken it seems  Mining has had it's day
But they're stripping off my mountaintop 
And they pay me eight dollars a day

I've did a little pogo of welfare meals
A little pogo of welfare flour
But I tell you right now
You won't qualify until you work for a quarter an hour

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