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Coal Miner's Blues

Some blues are just blues, mine are the miner's blues
Some 4 blues are just blues, mine are the miner's 1 blues
My 5 troubles are coming by threes and by 1 twos

Blues and more blues, it's the coal black blues,... (×2)
Got coal in my hair, got coal in my shoes

These blues are so blue, they are the coal black blues,... (×2)
For my place will cave in, and my life I will lose

You say they are blues, these are the miner blues,... (×2)
Sometimes I forget to sharpen these picks that I use

I'm out with these blues, dirty coal black blues,... (×2)
We'll lay off tomorrow, with the coal black blues

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Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.