From the album Gunpowder & Gasoline

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A storyteller song about the coal wars....

Lyrics

The sun rises up, it’s a hole in the West Virginia sky,
a fire burning behind the gray
And when the storm escaped, I walked to the front porch,
to find a letter on the door with blood upon the page ( it said)

“Listen here son, you know our boys have got their guns
and in 12 hours they arrive by train
so you’d best be gone by then” and I also knew right when my wife
read the warning too because she screamed at me in a rage. (She said)

Don’t you Be here tonight, don’t you be here tonight, don’t be here tonight-When Coal Mtn Cries
Because I want you alive, I need you to survive, cant you try this one time to Just walk on by

So I waited at the station, I declared myself my own nation
And chose my foes and then I prepared for war
When the gun thugs arrived, y’know I first counted 5,
But when I walked away there was only 4

But that one that had escaped, would determine my fate
If I couldn’t get back home fast to my family
Because the Barons aint known for mercy, They’ll even kill a mountain for a dollar y’see
& what I owe the company store is enough to make an example of me (So I yelled out to my house)

Don’t you Be here tonight, don’t you be here tonight, don’t be here tonight-When Coal Mtn Cries
Because I want you alive, I need you to survive, I need you to leave me behind & Just walk on by

Then I ran as fast as I could, covered in mud & blood
But when I got there it was too late
They put a bullet in my sweethearts gut, and I tell yall what
The boss man was standing next to his thug laughing about fate

So I killed the man that shot her, and I brang my love a glass of water
I looked up to the Baron and said “Sir, now you know youre out of luck”
But then we heard HIS wife, begging for his life
She don’t know what he did, or what kind he is, She just begged him to get into the truck (she said to him)

Don’t you Be here tonight, don’t you be here tonight, don’t be here tonight-When Coal Mtn Cries
Because I want you alive, I need you to survive, beg for your life and Just walk on by

You all know how this ends. You know I shot him dead.
I said sorry to his wife and I meant it too.
My own dear love survived, because I got her to the doc in time
Then When she went to sleep I stepped outside

They say she reached out to stop me, too weak to call out to me
But I needed a smoke and maybe a quick drink
But I left behind my gun & there I met the Coal Barrons son
And he drew on me before I could even blink (while my wife cried inside)

Don’t leave tonight, don’t you leave here tonight, don’t leave here tonight-When Coal Mtn Cries/Because I wanted you alive, I needed you to survive, why couldn’t you this time have Just walk on by?