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All I've Ever Known

from Seven Billion by Meramec Valley Girl

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I’m a coalminer here in Harlan, Kentucky is my home
And I’m gonna die here my darlin, ‘cause it’s all I’ve ever known.
I’m the 11th generation of diggin underground
There’s no other invitation; it’s the only gig in town
Now my daddy can’t smoke cigars ‘cause his lungs are hard as coal
And I weep for his poor body and I pray for his poor soul.

I married a girl named Audrey; I’ve known her all my life
I get a kiss each day when I come home, yea she makes a damn good wife
We got young’ns of our own now; they’re full of dirt and grime
But they’re just like all the other kids, yea I can’t tell yours from mine
‘Cause the coal dust blankets our town; nothin’s crisp and white
And we kick that dust up when we dance and play each Saturday night

And I don’t miss church on Sunday; I get there right at nine
‘Cause tomorrow just might be the day that I die in that coal mine
And I’m not afraid of dyin; I’m afraid of growin old
When I rise I’ll shine just like the sun, at least that’s what I’m told

I’m a coalminer here in Harlan, Kentucky is my home
And I’m gonna die here my darlin’, ‘cause it’s all …. I’ve ever known.


from Seven Billion, released December 12, 2018
Paul Niehaus IV on bass


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