The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore

Than Hall (Jean Ritchie)
Also: Michelle Shocked

When I was a curly headed baby
My daddy set me down on his knee
Saying “Son you go to school, you learn your letters
Don’t you be no dusty miner boy like me”

Em - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / / x4 / x4 / 
C - - - / / D - - - / / Em - - - / / / //

C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler
Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door
But now they stand in rusty row of all empties
Because the L&N don’t stop here anymore

D - - - / / Em - - - / / x4 / Em - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / /
C - - - / D - - - / Em - - - / //

I used to think my daddy was a black man
With scrip enough to buy the company store
But now he goes to town with empty pockets
And Lord his face as white as February snow

C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler
Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door
But now they stand in rusty row of all empties
Because the L&N don’t stop here anymore

(Break)

Never thought I’d live to learn to love the coal dust
Never thought I’d pray to hears those tipple roar
But God I wish the grass would turn to money
And them greenbacks would fill my pockets once more
C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler
Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door
But now they stand in rusty row of all empties
Because the L&N don’t stop here anymore

Last night I dreamed I went down to the office
To get my payday like I done before
But them old Kudzu vines was covered up the doorway
And there was leaves and grass growing right up through the floor

C: I was born and raised at the mouth of the Hazard Holler
Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door
But now they stand in rusty row of all empties
Because the L&N don’t stop here anymore

1963, 1971 Geordie Music Publishing — Kudzu vines were imported from
Japan as a ground cover for spoilbanks from new highways and strip mines
but have grown out of control and taken over many wooded areas in the
South. On her “High Hills and Mountains” and “Time for Singing”, on
Devilish Merry “The Ghost of His Former Self”, on Magpie “Working My Life
Away”, on Lorrie Wyatt “Roots and Branches”, on Bluestein Fam “Travelling
Blues”, on Kevin Roth “Sings and Plays” and on Michelle Shocked “Short
Sharp Shocked”

Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury 1988) / Short Sharp Shocked (Mighty Sound 2003)

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