"Working In The Coal Mine" as written by and Allen Toussaint....
Workin' in the coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm already up and gone
Lord, I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Workin' in the coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

'Cause I make a little money
Haulin' coal by the ton
When Saturday rolls around
I'm too tired for havin' fun

Workin' in the coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Lord I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Workin' in the coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm already up and gone
Lord, I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Workin' in the coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' on down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down


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"Working in the Coal Mine" as written by Allen Toussaint

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  • +2
    General CommentActually, this is a cover of an old R&B song written by Allen Toussaint and originally recorded by Lee Dorsey. Devo may have chosen it for its blunt honesty and simplicity about blue-collar America but there's definitely not any sexual innuendo.
    Chocolate Is Yummyon June 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGotta dissagree with you there. Devo's all about "Joe Average" and how the common man is devolving. I think this song suggests that man isn't living anymore, we've become like ants who work to make money. Ironically, the miner in this song doesn't even spend this money on having fun, because he's too tired.

    Evolution? Nay sir, DEVOlution!
    Philemon_Crowleyon June 18, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentalthough this song seems to have a pretty straightforward connotation it seems to me that there is a sexual undertone, more specifically the act of giving oral sex to a woman. also the very repetitve rhythm of the song gives it a very constructed, ordered feel. maybe it's just me :-p but it seems like reasonable symbolism.
    musicman144on June 05, 2005   Link

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