Down in the Mine

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Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) is an American country music artist who has been signed to Capitol Records Nashville since 2003. That year, he released his self-titled debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, are certified platinum in the United States. A third alb… more »

Here in Harlan County, the choices are few
To keep food on the table and the babies in shoes 
You can grow marijuana way back in the pines
Or work for the man down in the mine

You never forget your first day in the hole 
There's a pit in your stomach and your mouth's full of coal 
There's no turning back once you make up your mind 
As the cart rattles on down in the mine 

Way down in the mine, your tears turn to mud
And you can't catch your breath for the dust in your lungs 
Loading hillbilly gold where the sun never shines
Twelve hours a day, diggin' your grave
Way down in the mine

Well the old timers talk but you just don't believe
It can all go to hell at two thousand feet
Life sways in the balance of nature and time 
And fate has no mercy down in the mine

The news spreads like fire and burned through those hills
Hopes were held high but five men got killed 
On the wings of canaries, your soul surely flies 
While your bones spend eternity down in the mine


So take a flask from your crib can and a pull of moonshine
And say a prayer for them boys down in the mine


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