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    "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" Lyrics

    Patty Loveless

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    (Darrell James Scott)

    In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky
    That's the place where I traced my bloodline
    And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone
    "You'll never leave Harlan alive."

    Oh, my grandfather's dad crossed the Cumberland Mountains
    Where he took a pretty girl to be his bride
    Said, "Won't you walk with me out the mouth of this holler
    Or we'll never leave Harlan alive."

    Where the sun comes up about ten in the mornin'
    And the sun goes down about three in the day
    And you'll fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkin'
    And you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away.

    No one ever knew there was coal in them mountains
    Till a man from the northeast arrived
    Waving hundred dollar bills he said "I'll pay you for your minerals."
    But he never left Harlan alive.

    Grandma sold out cheap and they moved out west of Pineland
    To a farm where Big Richmond River winds
    And I bet they danced them a jig and they laughted and sang a new song
    "Who said we'd never leave Harlan alive."

    --- Instrumental ---

    But the times they got hard and tobacco wasn't selling
    And old grandad knew what he'd do to survive
    He went and dug for Harlan coal and sent the money back to grandma
    But he never left Harlan alive.

    Where the sun comes up about ten in the mornin'
    And the sun goes down about three in the day
    And you'll fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkin'
    And you spend your life diggin' coal from the bottom of your grave.

    Mhm, mhm, you'll never leave Harlan alive...
    This song was last modified on January 8th, 2006.
    Thanks to Rock_Babe and GeeWhiz for the contribution to this song.
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