What She Aims to Be (Sue Massek)

“What She Aims to Be” Sheet Music (pdf).
“What She Aims to Be” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Sue Massek.
Tune: Sue Massek.


Jenny’s husband left her with babies on her knee.
He’s long been gone; no money’s come to feed the family.
Now, miners make good wages in the county she comes from.
And children do get hungry, Lord, and Jenny’s back is strong.

She’s a coal mining woman, and that’s what she wants to be.
She breathes that black and dusty air, wears pads upon her knees.
She’s proud to be a woman, and she’s working to be free.
She’s a coal mining woman, and that’s what she aims to be.

Robin’s learned it’s hard to find a job that satisfies.
A woman needs to use the strength that in her body lies.
It’s a rough and rocky journey from the kitchen to the mine.
But strength is gained from struggle, and now Robin’s doin’ fine.

She’s a coal mining woman, and that’s what she wants to be.
She breathes that black and dusty air, wears pads upon her knees.
She’s proud to be a woman, and she’s working to be free.
She’s a coal mining woman, and that’s what she aims to be.

It’s dark and cold and dangerous down in that dusty mine.
And the fears of fire and cave-in are hard to leave behind.
But the life that woman faces down in that lonely hole
Would be brighter now if you’d respect that woman loading coal.

She’s a coal mining woman, and that’s what she wants to be.
She breathes that black and dusty air, wears pads upon her knees.
She’s proud to be a woman, and she’s working to be free.
She’s a coal mining woman, and that’s what she aims to be.

That’s what she aims to be.


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