"Working In The Coal Mine" as written by and Allen Toussaint....
(Well) I been workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whew! about to slip down

I been workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whew! about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm up before the sun
When my work day is over
I'm too tired for havin' fun

(Well) I been workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whew! about to slip down

Lord, I am so tired
How long can this go on

(Well) I been workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whew! about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm up before the sun
When my work day is over
I'm too tired for havin' fun

(Well) I been workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whew! about to slip down

Lord, I am so tired
How long can this go on

I been workin', goin', workin',
Whew! about to slip down (repeat)


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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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