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The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore Lyrics
Artist: Johnny Cash
When I was a curly headed baby
My daddy sat me down on his knee
He said, "son, go to school and get your letters,
Don't you be a dusty coal miner, boy, like me."
I was born and raised at the mouth of hazard hollow
The coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door
But now they stand in a rusty row all empty
Because the l & n don't stop here anymore
I used to think my daddy was a black man
With script enough to buy the company store
But now he goes to town with empty pockets
And his face is white as a February snow
I never thought I'd learn to love the coal dust
I never thought I'd pray to hear that whistle roar
Oh, god, I wish the grass would turn to money
And those green backs would fill my pockets once more
Last night I dreamed I went down to the office
To get my pay like a had done before
But them ol' kudzu vines were coverin' the door
And there were leaves and grass growin' right up through the floor
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I sing this with my choir and it is my favourite song!
Jean Ritchie wrote this song, not Johnny Cash.
It's the Hazard "Holler", not "Hollow".
A Holler is an Appalachian name for a small, rounded valley. There were a bunch of mines there in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
And it's "scrip", not "script".
Hollow is in fact spelled correctly but pronounced holler.