"Dark As A Dungeon" as written by and Merle Travis....
Oh come all you young fellers so young and so fine
Seek not your fortune in a dark dreary mine
It'll form as a habit and seep in your soul
Till the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal
Where it's dark as a dungeon damp as the dew danger is double pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls the sun never shines
It's a dark as a dungeon way down in the mine

Well it's many a man that I've seen in my day
(uh huh no laughing during this song please it's being recorded)
Like a fiend with his dope and a drunkard with his wine
A man will have lust for the lure of the mine
And pray when I'm dead and my ages shall roll
That my body would blacken and turn into coal
Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home and pity the miner digging my bones
Where it's dark as a dungeon

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"Dark as a Dungeon" as written by Merle Travis

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    General CommentPoor coalminers.

    just recently, we had an accident in one of the biggest coal mining place here in the Phil,they should know this song.
    bear_hug20on November 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel this song is probably about a real coal mine but could also be a metaphor for choosing evil over good in the same way "cold as Ice" by The Foreigners portrays digging for gold, be it black or real gold, is like a sickness. Going after what can't be yours or ignoring what God has not laid out for you for any sin greed, lust, you name it.
    jameslfxon April 29, 2015   Link

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