You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive

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Brad Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references. more »

In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky
That's the place where I trace my bloodline And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone
You will never leave Harlan alive

Oh, my granddad's dad walked down Katahrins Mountain
And he asked Tillie Helton to be his bride Said, won't you walk with me out of the mouth Of this holler Or we'll never leave Harlan alive
 Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning And the sun goes down about three in the day
And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinking And you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away

No one ever knew there was coal in them mountains Till a man from the Northeast arrived Waving hundred dollar bills he said I'll pay ya for your minerals But he never left Harlan alive
 Granny sold out cheap and they moved out west
Of Pineville To a farm where big Richland River winds I bet they danced them a jig, laughed and sang a new song
Who said we'd never leave Harlan alive

But the times got hard and tobacco wasn't selling And ole granddad knew what he'd do to survive He went and dug for Harlan coal
And sent the money back to granny But he never left Harlan alive
 Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning And the sun goes down about three in the day
And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinking And you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away
 Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning And the sun goes down about three in the day
And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinking And you spend your life digging coal from the bottom of your grave 
In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky
That's the place where I trace my bloodline And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone
You will never leave Harlan alive

Written by: DARRELL SCOTT

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