Deep in the mountain of Harlan County
Employed by the Cumberland coal company
The pay is short, the days are long
But our labor union laws are coming on strong
So I drink this whiskey for my throat
Wear my hard hat and weathered coat
Early every morning I stand in line
Waiting to work these Kentucky coal mines
We enter the shaft around five thirty
With two dozen hands, cold, callused and dirty
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll dig through a million tons of rock and clay
And weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll still be digging at the end...
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