Monday, July 1, 2013

Steve Earle Performs "The Mountain"

    I was born on this mountain a long time ago
    Before they knocked down the timber and strip-mined the coal
    When you rose in the mornin' before it was light
    To go down in that dark hole and come back up at night

    I was born on this mountain, this mountain's my home
    She holds me and keeps me from worry and woe
    Well, they took everything that she gave, now they're gone
    But I'll die on this mountain, this mountain's my home

    I was young on this mountain but now I am old
    And I knew every holler, every cool swimmin' hole
    Til one night I lay down and woke up to find
    That my childhood was over and I went down in the mine

    I was born on this mountain, this mountain's my home
    She holds me and keeps me from worry and woe
    Well, they took everything that she gave, now they're gone
    But I'll die on this mountain, this mountain's my home

    There's a hole in this mountain and it's dark and it's deep
    And God only knows all the secrets it keeps
    There's a chill in the air only miners can feel
    There're ghosts in the tunnels that the company sealed

    I was born on this mountain, this mountain's my home
    She holds me and keeps me from worry and woe
    Well, they took everything that she gave, now they're gone
    But I'll die on this mountain, this mountain's my home

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