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Silicosis Blues, song lyrics

Song: Silicosis Is Killin' Me (Silicosis Blues)
Lyrics: Josh White (1)

Music: Josh White
Year: 1936
Genre:


Silicosis(3), you made a mighty bad break of me;
Silicosis, you made a mighty bad break of me;
You, robbed me of my youth and health.
All you brought poor me was misery.

Now, Silicosis, you're a dirty robber and a thief;
Yes, silicosis, you're a dirty robber and a thief;
Robbed me of my right to live,
and all you brought poor me is grief.

I was there diggin' that tunnel for just six bits a day;
I was diggin' that tunnel for just six bits a day;
Didn't know I was diggin' my own grave,
Silicosis was eatin' my lungs away.

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I says Mama, Mama, Mama, please cool my fevered head;
I says Mama, Mama, Mama, come and cool my fevered head;
I'm going to meet my Jesus,
God knows I'll soon be dead.

Six bits I got for diggin', diggin' that tunnel hole;
Six bits I got for diggin', diggin' that tunnel hole;
Takes me 'way from my baby,
It sure done wrecked my soul.

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Now, tell all my buddies, tell all my friends you see;
Now, tell all my buddies, tell all my friends you see;
I'm going 'way up yonder,
Please don't grieve for me.


Notes:

1 - First recorded by Pinewood Tom, a pseudonym for Joshua White, February 26, 1936, on Conqueror #8673.

2 - Transcribed, May 2012.

3 - Silicosis, information from the American Lung Association