Jimmy Joe Lee

Jimmy Joe Lee

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Boulder Creek, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 2,541   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: 6/25/2019

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Song Description

A coal miner's lament about his life as a coal miner.

Broadjam Member Reviews

A wonderful production. Pretty contemporary topic these days too. The life, if you wanna call it that, of a young miner...direct and to the point...separation of instruments was excellent, really looked forward to every second.

    - Bobby Caputo

This song is a musical journey right down into the pit of a dark coal mine. This is blues at its best! A master storyteller, whoever wrote the lyrics crafted word pictures coupled with a tune that hits the listener right between the eyes with a story of hard work and the hopelessness of escape. The instrumentation is superb: guitar, violin, dobro, and OH THAT BLUES HARP! Carefully produced so that no one instrument prevails over another; they all take their turns and complement the vocal flawlessly. This is one of the very best blues songs I have ever heard on Broadjam. My favorite rhyme: tongue/lung.

    - Kate Carpenter

Born and raised in a minin' town

Where most folks thought that up was down

We all lived and gave our soul

Did it all for ol' king coal

Daddy rose at the crack of dawn

When I could I'd tag along

Capin' said what a fine young man

Put a pick in that boy's hand

I feel the dust upon my tongue

Feel the pain down in my lungs

The time to leave has come an' gone

There's nothin' left but to carry on

Way down here in this ol' coal mine

Where the sun it dare not shine

I sweat an' toil till day is done

But I'll be back when mornin' comes

Song Length
Blues - General
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal

Subject Matter
Similar Artist

Lyric Credits Jimmy Joe Lee
Music Credits Jimmy Joe Lee
Producer Credits Ken Kraft
Publisher Credits Rondell
Performance Credits Jimmy Joe Lee
Label Credits Monogram