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  1. Appalachia

From the recording Appalachia

A sad truth about the east Kentucky hills where my daddy was born and raised. So many wonderful people there, and so many dear family members. It's a hard place and getting harder.

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APPALACHIA                                                       
©2017 C. Daniel Boling - Perfectly Stable Music / ASCAP
 
My daddy grew up deep in Appalachia
In the hollers where the mountain laurel blooms
Crystal water springs, speckled wood thrush sings
Dogwood lends the air her sweet perfume
Dogwood lends the air her sweet perfume
 
Mountains once stood tall in Appalachia
Streams running cool down their sides
A boy could hunt and fish as free as he could wish
And the water wouldn’t poison his inside
The water wouldn’t poison his inside
 
But the coal barons came to Appalachia
Caring only for the money they could make
For coal deep underground now they tear the mountains down
Give so little in return for what they take
So little in return for what they take
 
Jobs ain’t ever coming back to Appalachia
People tell you coal is clean, well that’s a lie
There’s no living for a man, get the hell out if you can
This is just a place you wait around to die
Just a place you wait around to die
 
Cause you can’t drink the water now in Appalachia
You can’t eat the twisted fish that still survive
Lord I wish that I could see how Kentucky used to be
When my daddy and his mountains were alive
My daddy and his mountains were alive