Steam Drill Blues

The morning come
Sun-burnt sky
Swing the hammer
Drive the spike
I got a girl
Left alone
‘Cause I’m too many
Miles from home

Gotta go where that money flows
‘Cause love don’t buy too many clothes
It’s a job that breaks your back and soul
But it’s what we do ’cause it’s what we know

The country grows
We make the way
Our blood and sweat
For a better day
But now they say
We’ll be replaced
Machines are coming
To push us out the way

What to do when that money goes?
‘Cause love don’t buy too many clothes
It’s a job that breaks your back and soul
But it’s what we do ’cause it’s what we know

Before the Lord I’ll stand proud
No machine will beat me down
No machine will beat me down
Bring that drill
Coal and steam
Bring it ’round
To hear this hammer ring
Against a wall
A man will fight
I’ll beat that drill
Though it take my life

What to do when that money goes?
‘Cause love don’t buy too many clothes
It’s a job that breaks your back and soul
But it’s what we do ’cause it’s what we know

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Broken World

It’s a dry season ’til the rain begins to fall
And it’s a barren winter ’til the ice begins to thaw
Until I knew you, gray was all I saw

‘Cause it’s a broken world
But here we are, you and I
Somehow I found the only one
Who could ever help me see
That in the cracks is beauty

The empty branches give way to the bloom
And the burning daylight yields to the moon
No matter what the distance, you know I’ll hold you soon

‘Cause it’s a broken world
But here we are, you and I
Somehow I found the only one
Who could ever help me see
That in the cracks is beauty

It’s a broken world
But in the cracks there’s beauty

More to Rust

My strength, my enemy
Gone the days I thought I had ahead of me
My strength, my enemy
Work my hands have done I’m told is obsolete

You use words like “Progress,” and you use words like “Change”
And grind your brothers down beneath this onward-rushing train
The world keeps spinning faster, but where’s it taking us?
The more machines we build, the more there is to rust

And I say oh, oh, oh, you can keep tomorrow
I don’t know how to live the life you’re promising
Oh, oh, oh, you can keep tomorrow
If disappointment is all it brings

My pride, my ability
Though the ground may shift and change beneath my feet
My pride, my ability
Haven’t met the mountain yet could conquer me

You can yell your “Progress!” and you can yell your “Change!”
But if this river breaks its banks, we all drown just the same

The world keeps spinning faster, but where’s it taking us?
The more machines we build, the more there is to rust

And I say oh, oh, oh, you can keep tomorrow
I don’t know how to live the life you’re promising
Oh, oh, oh, you can keep tomorrow
If disappointment is all it brings

All it brings…
My strength