Who Sang Hello, My Name Is Coal? Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea Calling Me Home cover art
Release information
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country/Bluegrass/Folk
I'm from West 'by God' Virginia
And the high Kentucky hills,
I'm dirty but I'm honest
I pay a poor man's bills.
Im prosperity and poverty,
I'm loved, reviled, misunderstood,
I'm hope in a hopeless place.

Hello, my name is coal
And around here I'm the king,
Some say I'm a savior,
Some say death is what I bring.
I've broke miner's backs and hearts
And I've wrestled for their souls.
Let me introduce myself
Hello, my name is coal.

Some men call me 'black gold',
You might have heard of me.
My body is the mountain,
My breath is kerosene.
You might think Im outta date,
Why do men still dig me
All around the globe?

Hello, my name is coal,
And around here I'm the queen.
Some say I'm cheap and easy
Oh, but they still bow to me.
Be careful, I'll break up your home
And Ill steal away your soul.
Hello, my name is coal.

They curse me now for what I am,
But not that long ago
They sang my praises everywhere
Hello, my name is coal.

CD 1
  • 1 A Far Cry
  • 2 Gone, Gonna Rise Again
  • 3 The Wood Thrush’s Song
  • 4 West Virginia Mine Disaster
  • 5 The Maple’s Lament
  • 6 Hello, My Name Is Coal
  • 7 Calling Me Home
  • 8 Black Waters
  • 9 West Virginia, My Home
  • 10 Agate Hill
  • 11 Now Is the Cool of the Day
  • 12 Requiem for a Mountain