Michael Wayne Avery

Michael Wayne Avery

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Rock - Classic | Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
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Song Description

A cover of a great song written by Jean Ritchie.

Story Behind the Song

The town that I spent my high school had an abandoned L&N station that once brought life and commerce to that small town. Across from the station was the L&N Cafe, once a haven for travelers, that lingered for a few years after the L&N stopped running.


The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore
Words and Music by Jean Ritchie

When I was a curly headed baby
My daddy set me down on his knee
Saying boy you go to school and you learn your letters
Don't become no dusty miner boy like me.

And I was born and raised in the mouth of a Hazzard holler
Where the coal cars rolled and rumbled past my door
But now they stand in a rusty row of empties
'Cause the L&N don't stop here anymore.

Now I used to think my daddy was a black man
With script enough to buy the company store
Oh but now he goes to town with empty pockets
And Lord his face is as white as a February snow.

Never thought I'd ever live to love that coal dust
Never thought I'd pray to hear those tipples roar
Oh but God I wish the grass would turn to money
And feel my greenbacks in my pockets once more.

Lastnight I dreamed I went down to the office
To get my payday like I've done before
But those kudzu vines they were covering over the doorway
And there were weeds and grass growing right up through the floor.

Song Length
Country - Americana, Country - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Depressing, Heartbreaking

Subject Matter
Similar Artists
Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Jean Ritchie
Music Credits Jean Ritchie
Producer Credits Michael Wayne Avery
Performance Credits Dangerous Dan Anderson and Michael Wayne Avery