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  1. Cotton Or Coal

From the recording Just Above The Waterline

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Lyrics

otton or Coal

(Chorus)
It doesn’t matter if it’s cotton or coal
Life’s just as hard in a field or a hole
There ain’t a lot of difference between the two
They’ll both break your back and make you moan the blues

Well you work all day being blinded by the sun
Or you’re hid away where you never get none
It’s hot and dry and you’re faint and weak
Or it’s cold and damp and the chill runs deep
You’re old and gray long before your time
But the way you work, ain’t no wonder why
The years take their toll on you
Till you’re just plain wore out through and through

And it doesn’t matter if it’s cotton or coal
Life’s just as hard in a field or a hole
There ain’t a lot of difference between the two
They’ll both break your back and make you moan the blues

Well you’d quit tomorrow but you can’t today
Cause you got kids to feed and you got bills to pay
So you slave away till your fingers bleed
Or you’re broke down crawling on your hands and knees
You lose the dream of a better life
And you give up on getting out alive
But here you are and there you’re gonna stay
Working like a dog till your dying day.

(Chorus)
And it doesn’t matter if it’s cotton or coal
Life’s just as hard in a field or a hole
There ain’t a lot of difference between the two
They’ll both break your back and make you moan the blues

They’ll both break your back and make you moan the blues

Mark Bumgarner
©2009