Heard of a land held by a troubled hand
Where the whiskey runs the coal
Don't you dare go ask the newsman
Cause he'll tell you everything
He don't know
She was the daughter of the second American Revolution
A tall girl with a stones constitution
And when she looked into their eyes to see
She know she ain't never going back to what she believe
To what you believe

So go and riddle me over
I'm a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
In this here Londontown
So go and riddle me over
I'm a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
Got my back to the fire
But it ain't the bridges that are falling down

They said they would never fight no more
After the day she went away
What in the world are we all fighting for
If we don't give they're going to take

So go and riddle me over
I'm a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
In this here Londontown
So go and riddle me over
I'm a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
Got my back to the fire and my feet on the ground
But it ain't the bridges that are falling down

Its just another
Its just a
Go and riddle me over

Go and riddle me over
I'm a man got nothing to show for
My work in the ground
Got my back to the fire
But it aint the bridges that are falling down

She did again
She did again
She did again
Oh that's not to hold in place
She did again
She did again
Oh that's not to hold in place
She did again
She did again
Oh that's not to hold in place
She did again
She did again
Oh that's not to hold in place


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    General CommentI love this song. I just did a presentation in school about it (as a poetic song), so that gave me a chance to think about it A LOT.

    First off, I agree with the coal mining accident explanation , but I've just got even more metaphors (etc.) to point out:

    I interpret the second verse as talking about World War One and the Great Depression that followed:

    "They said they would never fight no more"
    - WWI was the 'War To End All Wars'

    "After the day she went away"
    - Also, the war was one of the leading causes of the Great Depression in the 20's and 30's. So this is talking about unavailability of coal for many people, due to the inflated cost. You could also see it as talking about lack of resources in general, and how that is often the cause of war.

    "What in the world are we all fighting for
    If we don't give they're going to take"
    - Essential anti-war line! This can be talking further about lack of resources, possibly a jab at the current war in Iraq.

    Keeping with the theme of the mining accident, it could be saying something like: 'why are we arguing about weather there are people alive in the mine; we just need to hope there are and work together to get them out!' Or something.

    Anyway, that's my (additional) two cents.
    ManInTheHallon March 26, 2008   Link

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