Coal Tattoo ---  Billy Edd Wheeler

 

[Em]Traveliní down that [D]coal town [Em]road,
[C]
Listen to my [D]rubber tires [Em]whine.
Itís goodbye to Buckeye and
[D]White Syca-[Em]more,
Iím
[C]leaviní [D]you be-[Em]hind.
[G]
Iíve been a coal miner [D]all of my [G]life;
Laid down
[D]track in that [C]ho-[D]ole.
Got a
[G]back like an ironwood [C]bent by the [G]wind
And blood veins as
[D]blue as the [Em]coal. Yeah
[G]
Blood veins as [D]blue as the [Em]coal.

 

[Em]Somebody said: ĒThatís a [D]strange tat-[Em]too
You
[C]have on the [D]side of your [Em]head.Ē
I said: ďThatís the blueprint
[D]left by the [Em]coal;
A
[C]little more and [D]Iíd be [Em]dead.Ē
Oh but
[G]I love the rumble and [D]I love the [G]dark;
I love the
[D]cool of the [C]sla-[D]ate.
Itís
[G]travíliní down a new road [C]lookiní for a [G]job;
Itís travíliní and
[D]lookiní I [Em]hate.
Itís
[G]travíliní and [D]lookiní I [Em]hate.

  

Iíve [Em]stood for the union and Iíve [D]walked in that [Em]line.
Iíve
[C]fought against the [D]big compa-[Em]ny.
Iíve stood for the U M
[D]W of [Em]A;
Now
[C]whoís gonna [D]stand for [Em]me?
I
[G]ainít got no home and I [D]ainít got no [G]pay;
Just got a
[D]worried [C]so-[D]oul.
And this
[G]blue tattoo on the [C]side of my [G]head, that was
Left by the
[D]number nine [Em]coal.
[G]
Left by the [D]number nine [Em]coal.

  

[Em]Someday when Iím [D]dead and [Em]gone
To
[C]Heaven, the [D]land of my [Em]dreams,
I wonít have to worry Ďbout
[D]losiní my [Em]job
To
[C]bad times or [D]big ma-[Em]chines.
I
[G]wonít have to throw my [D]money a-[G]way
On dues or
[D]hospital [C]pla-[D]ans.
Iím
[G]gonna pick coal where the [C]blue heavens [G]roll
And sing with the
[D]Angel [Em]band. And
[G]
Sing with the [D]Angel [Em]band.

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