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    Patty Loveless
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    You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive

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      Lyrics for Patty Loveless - "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"

      In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky
      That's the place where I trace my bloodline
      And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone

      "You'll never leave Harlan alive"

      Oh, my grandfather's dad crossed the Cumberland Mountains
      Where he took a pretty girl to be his bride
      Said, "Won't you walk with me, out of the mouth of this holler
      or we'll never leave Harlan alive"

      Where the sun comes up about ten in the mornin'
      And the sun goes down about three in the day
      And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkin'
      And you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away

      No one ever knew there was coal in them mountains
      Till a man from the northeast arrived
      Wavin' hundred dollar bills, said, "I'll pay you for your minerals"
      But he never left Harlan alive

      Grandma sold out cheap and they moved out west of Pineville
      To a farm where Big Richland River winds
      And I bet they danced them a jig
      And they laughed and sang a new song
      "Who said we'd never leave Harlan alive"

      But the times they got hard and tobacco wasn't sellin'
      And old granddad knew what he'd do to survive
      He went and dug for Harlan coal
      And sent the money back to grandma
      But he never left Harlan alive

      Where the sun comes up about ten in the mornin'
      And the sun goes down about three in the day
      And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkin'
      And you spend your life diggin' coal from the bottom of your grave

      You'll never leave Harlan alive

      SONGWRITERS:
      SCOTT, DARRELL
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