Harlan Man

from Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band - The Mountain

I'm a Harlan Man

Went down in the mine when I was barely grown

It was easy then

'Cause I didn't know what I know now

But I'm a family man

And it's the only life I've ever known

But I'm a Harlan Man

Just as long as my luck and lungs hold out

I'm a mountain man

Born in east Kentucky and here I'll stay

And if it's the good Lord's plan

I'll wake up in the mornin' and find

I'm lookin' at the end

Of another long week and I can draw my pay

'Cause I'm a Harlan Man

Never catch me whinin' cause I ain't that kind

I'm a union man

Just like my daddy and all my kin

I took a union stand

No matter what the company said

I got two good hands

And just as long as I'm able I won't give in

'Cause I'm a Harlan Man

A coal minin' mother 'til the day I'm dead