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.