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written by Merle Travis
  1. Come and listen you fellows so brave and so fine
    And seek not your fortune way down in the mines
    It will form as a habit and seep in your soul
    'Til the blood in your veins runs as black as the coal
    It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
    The danger is double and the pleasures are few
    Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
    It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine
  2. There's many a man that I've known in my day
    Who lived just to labour his whole life away
    Like a fiend with his dope and a drunkard his wine
    A man will have lust for the lure of the mine
    It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
    The danger is double and the pleasures are few
    Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
    It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine
  3. I hope when I'm gone and the ages shall roll
    My body will blacken and turn into coal
    Then I'll look out the door of my heavenly home
    And I'll pity the miners a-diggin' my bones
    It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
    The danger is double and the pleasures are few
    Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
    It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine