The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore


by Than Hall (Jean Ritchie)
Also: Michelle Shocked

When I was a curly headed baby My daddy set me down on his knee Saying "Son you go to school, you learn your letters Don't you be no dusty miner boy like me" Em - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / / x4 / x4 / C - - - / / D - - - / / Em - - - / / / // C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door But now they stand in rusty row of all empties Because the L&N don't stop here anymore D - - - / / Em - - - / / x4 / Em - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / / C - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / // I used to think my daddy was a black man With scrip enough to buy the company store But now he goes to town with empty pockets And Lord his face as white as February snow C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door But now they stand in rusty row of all empties Because the L&N don't stop here anymore (Break) Never thought I'd live to learn to love the coal dust Never thought I'd pray to hears those tipple roar But God I wish the grass would turn to money And them greenbacks would fill my pockets once more C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door But now they stand in rusty row of all empties Because the L&N don't stop here anymore Last night I dreamed I went down to the office To get my payday like I done before But them old kudzu vines was covered up the doorway And there was leaves and grass growing right up through the floor C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door But now they stand in rusty row of all empties Because the L&N don't stop here anymore 1963, 1971 Geordie Music Publishing -- Kudzu vines were imported from Japan as a ground cover for spoilbanks from new highways and strip mines but have grown out of control and taken over many wooded areas in the South. On her "High Hills and Mountains" and "Time for Singing", on Devilish Merry "The Ghost of His Former Self", on Magpie "Working My Life Away", on Lorrie Wyatt "Roots and Branches", on Bluestein Fam "Travelling Blues", on Kevin Roth "Sings and Plays" and on Michelle Shocked "Short Sharp Shocked"

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