Every Ounce of Coal

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You work there in the shadows, a single light to guide you on your way
Lost your youth but proud hearts find their truths in every day
No rain falls, the sunlight calls from a cloudy memory deep within your soul
Your story’s in every ounce of coal, your story’s in every ounce of coal

Now some old hands say that darkness is the only gift ever given by the mine
The tunnels cry their tears of joy as they steal the light from the miners as they shine
Fellowship will spark the glow as the dark and dampness slowly take their toll
Their story’s in every ounce of coal, their story’s in every ounce of coal.

And they go down below where the sun can never shine
The wind can’t below the gas away and their life is on the line
They give their days as a fact of life but there’s more comes from a mine than just the coal
Their memory is in every ounce of coal; their memory is in every ounce of coal.

So you build your life like the others whose lives have gone before you down below
And with every ounce of coal that’s mined, that’s so much less there is left to go
A dusty scene by a rich coal seam, a miner’s destination is his goal
And their pride’s in every ounce of coal; their pride’s in every ounce of coal.

They’re sayin’ “yes, though I’m walking through this valley, no evil shall I fear
Even if the sun fades before me, oh my brothers, you will hold my memory near…

… as I go down below where the sun can never shine
The wind can’t blow the gas away and our lives are on the line
Give our days as a fact of life but there’s more comes from a mine than just the coal
Our memories are in every ounce of coal; our memories are in every ounce of coal.
‘Cause our story’s in every ounce of coal.”


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