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Tank's Poetry
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Mining Music

West Virginia Underground
by Taylor Made



Chorus
I don't remember askin' you to pat my back,
but damn, don't you ride it so hard.
You talk about new ways and better plans,
but you ain't showed me nothin' so far.

Until you got a solution, keep your damn mouth shut,
you're just another problem we found.
We put our heart and soul into diggin' coal,
we're the West Virginia Underground.

I work my shift at the bottom of a hole,
makin' sure that your lights come on.
And your interview, ain't by candlelight,
while you're bitchin' what I'm doins wrong

This ain't Hollywood, this is West by God,
its' Virginia and Kentucky coalfields.
It's a way of life that beats the kids of life,
and that's the only thing that matters down here.

Chorus
I don't remember askin' you to pat my back,
but damn, don't you ride it so hard.
You talk about new ways and better plans,
but you ain't showed me nothin' so far.

Until you got a solution, keep your damn mouth shut,
you're just another problem we found.
We put our heart and soul into diggin' coal,
we're the West Virginia Underground.

Whether up from the bottom, or down from the top,
that coal's comin' out of the ground.
And I'd rather restructure a mountain top,
than have another Chernobyl in my town.

This is coal minin' country, that's what we do,
And we don't like you nosin' around.
For years we've had your kind tryin' to undermine
the West Virginia Underground.

Chorus
I don't remember askin' you to pat my back,
but damn, don't you ride it so hard.
You talk about new ways and better plans,
but you ain't showed me nothin' so far.

Until you got a solution, keep your damn mouth shut,
you're just another problem we found.
We put our heart and soul into diggin' coal,
we're the West Virginia Underground.

Repeat Chorus

Until you're payin' my bills, get your ass off my hill,
we're the West Virginia Underground.



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