Dark as a Dungeon Song Lyrics

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Old Golden Throat cover art
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Oh come all you young fellers so young and so fine
Seek not your fortune in a dark dreary mine
It'll form as a habit and seep in your soul
Till the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal
Where it's dark as a dungeon damp as the dew danger is double pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls the sun never shines
It's a dark as a dungeon way down in the mine

Well it's many a man that I've seen in my day
(uh huh no laughing during this song please it's being recorded)
Like a fiend with his dope and a drunkard with his wine
A man will have lust for the lure of the mine
And pray when I'm dead and my ages shall roll
That my body would blacken and turn into coal
Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home and pity the miner digging my bones

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 I Got Stripes
  • 2 A Certain Kinda Hurtin'
  • 3 A Little at a Time
  • 4 All Over Again
  • 5 Still in Town
  • 6 Smiling Bill McCall
  • 7 The Wind Changes
  • 8 The Sons of Katie Elder
  • 9 Dark as a Dungeon
  • 10 Tennessee Flat Top Box
  • 11 The Matador
  • 12 Send a Picture of Mother
  • 13 You Dreamer You
  • 14 Red Velvet


  • credits


    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Merle Travis
    album: Track 9 in album Old Golden Throat
    release date: 1968-6
    popularity : 69 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country Rock/Country
    length: 2:27
    lyricist: Merle Travis
    composer: Merle Travis

    Album Information

    label: CBS
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin