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Dark As A Dungeon

This song is by Joan Baez and appears on the album Joan Baez in San Francisco (1964).

This song is a cover of "Dark as a Dungeon" by Merle Travis.
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Dark As A Dungeon
Come all ye young fellows, so bold and so fine
And seek not your fortune way down in the mine
It’ll form like a habit and seep in your soul
Till the stream of your blood is as black as the coal

Dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where the danger is double, the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls, the sun never shined
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine

Oh it's many a man I’ve seen in my day
Who lived just to labor his whole life away
Like a fiend with his dope, a drunk with his wine
A man must have lust for the lure of the mines

Dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where the danger is double, and the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls, the sun never shined
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine

I hope when I'm gone, the ages do roll
My body may blacken and turn into coal
Then I'll look through the door of my heavenly home
And pity that miner a-diggin' my bones

Dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew
Where the danger is double, and the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls, the sun never shined
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine

Way down in the mine
Way down in the mine

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Merle Travis

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