Charlie Waller/Keith Little

1. Fair warnin' to your neighbor
For all of those who labor
At tryin' to make a livin' underground
Matters not for what you're seeking,
Chances are you'll weakin'
In time the odds will turn your life around

2. In the coal fields of Kentucky
Man they say you're lucky
In the black lung don't put you underground
For while you're swollen with the gold dust
You're breathin' in the course dust
Your silicosis finally dragged you down

Ch. Hear athat cold steel a ringin'
Hear them hammers swingin' low
A minor's life ain't hardly worth it all
Hear them tommy-knockers knockin'
Feel the reelin' and rockin'
Afraid it's goin' a come in after all

3. For every minor who hits pay dirt
And lives to tell it under
A thousand more arw swallowed in the mine
And for each decent minin' outfit
There's a hundred other misfits
Who never plan to see a man retire

4. So when choosin' your profession
Take heed and learn a lesson
From those who've lived to labor underground
Cause they've got a different story
For minin' and its glory
They'd give it all to turn their life around