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They Can’t Put It Back

Mike Q. Roth
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“I never was one to walk in lines, picket with placards or carry signs, but maybe I’m behind the times…

You can bet your sweet life they’re gonna hear from me.

I ain’t gonna take it lying down, cause I’m tired of seeing rocks that bleed on the bare guts of the ground.

I ain’t a-sellin’ my soul so they can strip out another tiny little vein of coal.

I ain’t a-movin’ out of my tracks, cause they can’t put it back.” – Rich Kirby/Michael Kline

Taken from the song “They Can’t Put It Back” off the album of the same name, a collection of amazing Appalachian coal-mining folk music that you can still get at the Appalshop.

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