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They Can’t Put It Back

Mike Q. Roth

“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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