Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Coal Miner's Daughter [DVD] cover

Coal Miner's Daughter [DVD]
Lyrics and Meaning


Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Well, I was borned a coal miner's daughter,
In a cabin, on a hill in Butcher Holler.
We were poor but we had love,
That's the one thing that daddy made sure of,
He shoveled coal to make a poor man's dollar.
Verse 2
My daddy worked all night in the Van Lear coal mines.
All day long in the field a hoin' corn.
Mommy rocked the babies at night,
And read the Bible by the coal oil light,
And ever' thing would start all over come break of morn.
Verse 3
Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner's pay.
Mommy scrubbed our clothes on a washboard ever' day.
Why I've seen her fingers bleed,
To complain, there was no need,
She'd smile in mommy's understanding way.
Verse 4
In the summertime we didn't have shoes to wear.
But in the wintertime we'd all get a brand new pair.
From a mail order catalog
Money made from selling a hog,
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere.
Verse 5
Yeah, I'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter,
I remember well, the well where I drew water.
The work we done was hard,
At night we'd sleep 'cause we were tired
I never thought of ever leaving Butcher Holler.
Verse 6
Well a lot of things have changed since a way back then
And it's so good to be back home again.
Not much left but the floor, nothing lives here anymore,
Except the memory of a coal miner's daughter

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