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Mining Music

Working Man
by Rita MacNeil

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It's a working man l am
And I've been down underground
And I swear to God if l ever see the sun
Or for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again will go down underground

At the age of sixteen years
Oh he quarrels with his peers
Who vowed they'd never see another one
In the dark recess of the mines
Where you age before your time
And the coal dust has heavy on your lungs


At the age of sixty-four
Oh hell greet you at the door
And hell gently lead you by the arm
Through the dark recess of the mines
Oh hell take you back in time
And hell tell you of the hardships that were had

(Repeat Chorus)
(Repeat Chorus)

God I never again will go down underground

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