Old Kentucky Miners
Refrain
We're old Kentucky Miners
Soon we'll all be gone
leaving nothing behind
but some words upon a stone

We've got coal dust in our lungs
we can barely catch our breath
we've got zippos in our pockets
and camel cigarettes
Merle Travis sang about us
when he did sixteen ton
and here's to John L. Lewis
he's still our favorite son

Refrain
We're old Kentucky Miners
and soon we'll all be gone
leaving nothing behind
but some words upon a stone

Our sons and our daughters
they've all moved away
some work for IBM
and some make Chevrolets
They seldom return
just for funerals and such
they've found a better way
they don't have to eat this dust

Refrain:
We're old Kentucky miners
soon we'll all be gone
leaving nothing behind
but some words upon a stone

Now when we lay our shovels down
at the end of the line
Don't take us to the grave yard
let us lay here in this mine
Just sing Amazing Grace
and give an altar call
Then rip out all the timbers
and let the mountain fall

Refrain
On old Kentucky miners
soon we'll all be gone
leaving nothing behind
but some words upon a stone