Leo Kottke, Iris DeMent Banks of Marble cover

Banks of Marble
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Verse 1
I've traveled 'round this country
from shore to shining shore
It really made me wonder
the things I heard and saw
Verse 2
I saw the weary farmer
plowing sod and loam
l heard the auction hammer
just a-knocking down his home
Verse 3
But the banks are made of marble
with a guard at every door
and the vaults are stuffed with silver
that the farmer sweated for
Verse 4
I've seen the weary miner
scrubbing coal dust from his back
I heard his children cryin'
"Got no coal to heat the shack"
Verse 5
But the banks are made of marble
with a guard at every door
and the vaults are stuffed with silver
that the miner sweated for
Verse 6
I've seen my brothers working
throughout this mighty land
l prayed we'd get together
and together make a stand
Verse 7
Then we might own those banks of marble
with a guard at every door
and we might share those vaults of silver
that we have sweated for

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