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Hazard, Kentucky

Phil Ochs


Lingua: Inglese



[1963]
Lyrics & Music by Phil Ochs
Album: The Breadside Taped 1 [1989]
Well, some people think that Unions are too strong
Union leaders should go back where they belong
But I wish that they could see
A little more of poverty
And they might start to sing a different song.

Well, let's look at old Kentucky for a while
And it's hard to find a miner who will smile
Well the Constitution's fine
But it's hard reading in the mines
and when welfare stops the trouble starts to pile.

Well, minin' is a hazard… - in Hazard, Kentucky
And if you ain't minin' there
Well my friends you're awful lucky
'Cause if you don't get silicosis
Or pay that's just atrocious
You'll be screamin' for a Union that will care.

Well, the Depression was ended with the war
But nobody told Kentucky that is sure
Some are living in a sewer
While the jobs are getting fewer…
But more coal is mined than ever was before.

Well, minin' is a hazard in Hazard, Kentucky
And if you ain't minin' there
Well my friends you're awful lucky
'Cause if you don't get silicosis
Or pay that's just atrocious
You'll be screamin' for a Union that will care.

Well, the badge of Sheriff Combs (1) always shines
And when duty calls he seldom ever whines
Oh I don't like raisin' thunder
But it sort of makes you wonder
When he runs the law and also runs the mines.

Well, our standard of living is highest all around
But our standard of giving is the lowest when you're down
So give a yell and give a whistle
When they light that Union missile
And... We'll lift our feet up off the ground.

Minin' is just a hazard.. in Hazard, Kentucky
And if you ain't minin' there
Well my friends you're awful lucky
'Cause if you don't get silicosis
Or pay that's just atrocious
You'll be screamin' for a Union that will care.

inviata da giorgio - 16/4/2010 - 08:29


Notes

(1) Charles Combs, Perry County Sheriff (1962-65)The High Sheriff of Hazard

giorgio - 18/4/2010 - 10:51



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