I kissed my mother and said goodbye
Must’ve been fifteen years or more
Well I got me a job and I found a wife
Down in Ohio

I work the coal mines of Perry
Gonna put a little money away
Gonna buy some land and make a home
Here in Ohio

I lost my wife back in ‘64
And I’ve never been the same
Life don’t always work out right
But who’s to blame

I put my faith in Jesus Christ
Can you show me the way
Shine your light down this mine
And set me free

These days I walk alone
Along the Ohio
I watch the barges pass me by
Just waiting for a sign

There’s mountains on fire
Rivers of steel
Mills and the mines
And years rolling by
But I still don’t 
See a sign

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