Loading Coal Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Merle Travis
album: Track 1 in album Ride This Train
release date: 1960
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My pappy said when I was seventeen you're six feet tall and your face is clean
And it don't look right for a boy that old to not make a livin' loadin' coal
Loadin' coal loadin' coal I'm a double first cousin to a dad blamed mole
Never get rich for to save my soul and forty 'leven years a loadin' coal loadin' coal
Ain't never got acquainted with a dollar bill and I don't ever reckon that I ever will
A dollar ain't made for a fellar I'm told that scoops up a livin' loadin' coal
Loadin' coal loadin' coal...
[ ac.guitar ]
I cussed everything in the mining camp from a shovel and my pick to my carbide lamp
But I know mighty well till I grow old I'll still be a cussin' but loadin' coal
Loadin' coal loadin' coal...
[ ac,guitar ]
I know just as well as coal is black one of these days the mines were strike
And I'll sit around starvin' till I'm finally told
There's a nickel more a ton for loadin' coal
Loadin' coal loadin' coal...

Track Listing

  • 1 Loading Coal
  • 2 Slow Rider
  • 3 Lumberjack
  • 4 Dorraine of Ponchartrain
  • 5 Going to Memphis
  • 6 When Papa Played the Dobro
  • 7 Boss Jack
  • 8 Old Doc Brown