New Miner's Blues

by Kevin Dudley, Valeria Stewart (Crooked Sparrow)

Cinder black, sparrow grey

The colors of a miner’s day

The hours drag like an ol’ coal train

Constant rumble of a steel refrain


My daddy gave all he had

Died last June with a shovel in his hand

Momma always waited for the worst

Said the news was a blessing but it felt like curse


Into the belly of the mountain, I go down

Every day I pray, I make it back out

I came into this world with nothing to lose

But I’ll be leaving with these miner’s blues


Like autumn leaves left to fate

Can’t put back what the companies’ take

When the claim’s played out, and the note comes due

The only thing left are these miner’s blues