A Tribute To A West Virginia Coal Miner


Oh, who'll replace this old coal miner
And who will take my place below
And who will follow that dirty black seam
Who, dear God, when I go

And who will wield my heavy pick
That I did swing for forty years
And who will hew the black, black coal
Who, dear God, when I go

And who will ride the miners' train
That takes him to the dark coal face
Who'll take my place upon that train
Who, dear God, when I go

And who will fill the great steel carts
And who will strain his bending back
And who will work, sweat, and ache like hell
Who, dear God, when I go

And who will cry when the roof caves in
When friends are dying all around
And who will sing the miners' hymn
Who, dear God, when I go

For forty years I've loved the mine
For forty years I've worked down there
Now who'll replace this old coal miner
When I pay God my fare

Rockerbilly