Brad Paisley You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive Lyrics



You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive Lyrics

Brad Paisley

  • In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky
  • That's the place where I trace my bloodline
  • And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone
  • 'You will never leave Harlan alive'
  • When my granddad's dad walked down Catron's Mountain
  • And he asked Tillie Helton to be his bride
  • He said, won't you walk with me out of the mouth of this holler?
  • Or we'll never leave Harlan alive
  • Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning
  • And the sun goes down about three in the day
  • And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkin'
  • And you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away
  • Well no one ever knew there was coal in them mountains
  • 'Til a man from the Northeast arrived
  • Waving hundred dollar bills
  • He said, I'll pay you for your minerals
  • But he never left Harlan alive
  • Well granny, she sold out cheap and they moved out west of Pineville
  • To a farm where big Richland River winds
  • I bet they danced them a jig and laughed and sang a new song
  • Who said we'd never leave Harlan alive?
  • But the times, they got hard and tobacco wasn't selling
  • And ole granddad knew what he'd do to survive
  • He went and dug for Harlan coal
  • Sent the money back to granny but he never left Harlan alive
  • Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning
  • And the sun goes down about three in the day
  • And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinkin'
  • And you spend your life just thinkin' of how to get away
  • Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning
  • And the sun goes down about three in the day
  • And you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinking
  • And you spend your life digging coal from the bottom of your grave
  • In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky
  • That's the place where I trace my bloodline
  • And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone
  • 'You'll never leave Harlan alive'


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