Come All You Coal Miners (Sarah Ogan Gunning)

“Come All You Coal Miners” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Come All You Coal Miners” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Sarah Ogan Gunning.
Tune: Sarah Ogan Gunning.


Come all you coal miners wherever you may be
And listen to a story that I’ll relate to thee.
My name is nothing extry, but the truth to you I’ll tell.
I am a coal miner’s wife; I’m sure I wish you well.

Coal mining is the most dangerous work in our land today
With plenty of dirty slavin’ work and very little pay.
Coal miners, won’t you wake up, open your eyes, and see
What the dirty cap’t’list system is doing to you and me?

They take your very lifeblood; they take our children’s lives.
Take fathers away from children and husbands away from wives.
Coal miners, won’t you organize wherever you may be
And make this a land of freedom for workers like you and me?

Dear miners, they will slave you ’til you can’t work no more.
And what will you get for your living but a dollar in a company store,
A tumble-down shack to live in—snow and rain pour in the top?
You have to pay the company rent; your paying never stops.

I am a coal miner’s wife; I’m sure I wish you well.
Let’s sink this cap’t’list system in the darkest pits of hell.


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