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Cotton Mill Colic

This song is by Dave McCarn and appears on the split compilation Singers of the Piedmont (1974) by various artists.

When you buy clothes on easy terms
Collectors treat you like measly worms
One dollar down, then Lord knows
If you can't make a payment, they'll take your clothes
When you go to bed you can't sleep
You owe so much at the end of the week
No use to colic, they're all that way
Pecking at your door till they get your pay
I'm a-gonna starve, and everybody will
'Cause you can't make a living at a cotton mill
When you go to work you work like the devil
At the end of the week you're not on the level
Payday comes, you pay your rent
When you get through you've notgot a cent
To buy fat-back meat, pinto beans
Now and then you get turnip greens
No use to colic, we're all that way
Can't get the money to move away
I'm a-gonna starve, and everybody will
'Cause you can't make a living at a cotton mill

Twelve dollars a week is all we get
How in the heck can we live on that?
I've got a wife and fourteen kids
We all have to sleep on two bedsteads
Patches on my britches, holes in my hat
Ain't had a shave, my wife got fat
No use to colic, everyday at noon
The kids get to crying in a different tune
I'm a-gonna starve, and everybody will
'Cause you can't make a living at a cotton mill

They run a few days and then they stand
Just to keep down the working man
We can't make it, we never will
As long as we stay at a lousy mill
The poor are getting poorer, the rich are getting richer
If you don't starve, I'm a son of a gun
No use to colic, no use to rave
We'll never rest till we're in our grave
I'm a-gonna starve, and everybody will
'Cause you can't make a living at a cotton mill

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