The Del McCoury Band, Steve Earle, Del McCoury Harlan Man cover

Harlan Man
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Verse 1
I'm a Harlan Man
Went down in the mine when I was barely grown
It was easy then
Cause I didn't know what I know now
Verse 2
But I'm a family man
And it's the only life that I've ever known
But I'm a Harlan Man
Just as long as my luck and lungs hold out
Verse 3
I'm a mountain man
Born in east Kentucky and here I'll stay
And if it's the good Lord's plan
I'll wake up in the mornin' and find
Verse 4
I'm lookin' at the end
Of another long week and I can draw my pay
Cause I'm a Harlan Man
Never catch me whinin' cause I ain't that kind
I'm a union man
Just like my daddy and all my kin
I took a union stand
No matter what the company said
Verse 5
I got me two good hands
And just as long as I'm able I won't give in
Cause I'm a Harlan Man
A coal minin' mother til the day I'm dead

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