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Silicosis Blues

This song is by Josh White and appears on the album Spirituals & Blues (1960).

Silicosis, you made a mighty bad break of me
Silicosis, you made a mighty bad break of me
You, robbed me of my youth and health
All you brought poor me was misery

Now, Silicosis, you're a dirty robber and a thief
Yes, silicosis, you're a dirty robber and a thief
Robbed me of my right to live
And all you brought poor me is grief

I was there diggin' that tunnel for just six bits a day
I was diggin' that tunnel for just six bits a day
Didn't know I was diggin' my own grave
Silicosis was eatin' my lungs away

I says Mama, Mama, Mama, please cool my fevered head
I says Mama, Mama, Mama, come and cool my fevered head
I'm going to meet my Jesus
God knows I'll soon be dead

Six bits I got for diggin', diggin' that tunnel hole
Six bits I got for diggin', diggin' that tunnel hole
Takes me 'way from my baby
It sure done wrecked my soul

Now, tell all my buddies, tell all my friends you see
Now, tell all my buddies, tell all my friends you see
I'm going 'way up yonder
Please don't grieve for me

Recorded:

1936

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