Blue Tattoo
Traveliní down that coaltown road,
Listen to my rubber tires whine;
Goodbye to buckeye and white sycamore,
Iím leaviní you behind.
Iíve been a coal miner all my life
Layiní down track in the hole,
Got a back like an ironwood bent by the wind
Blood veins as black as the coal.

Somebody said thatís a strange tattoo
You have on the side of your head.
I said thatís a mark of number nine coal
A little more and Iíd be dead
But I love the rumble and I love the dark
I love the cool of the slate.
But itís traveliní down this new road lookiní for a job
Itís the traveliní and lookiní I hate.

Iíve stood for the union, I walked in the line,
I fought against the company;
I stood for the u. m. w. of a.
Now whoís gonna stand for me? 
Cause I got no job, I got no pay,
I just got a worried soul;
And this blue tattoo on the side of my head
Left by the number nine coal.

Someday when Iím dead and gone
To heaven, the land of my dreams,
I wonít have to worry on losiní my job
To bad times ín big machines.
But I got no job and I got no pay,
I just got a worried soul;
And this blue tattoo on the side of my head
Left by that number nine coal,
Left by that number nine coal. 


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