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Dark As A Dungeon

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott, features Guy Clark and appears on the album Friends Of Mine (1998) and on the compilation album Best Of The Vanguard Years (2000).

Come and listen you fellers, so young and so fine
And seek not your fortunes in the dark dreary mine
It'll form as a habit and seep in your soul
'Til the stream of your blood is as black as the coal

It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where dangers is double and pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines

There is many a man I have seen in my day
Who lived just to labor his whole life away
Like a fiend with his dope or a drunkard his wine
A man will have lust for the lure of the mine

It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where dangers is double and pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines

I hope when I'm gone and the ages shall roll
My body will blacken and turn into coal
And I'll look from the door of my heavenly home
And pity the miner a-diggin' my bones

It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where danger is double and pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines

Written by:

Merle Travis

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