Dark As A Dungeon

Words and Music by :  Merle Travis

Recorded by Harry Belafonte:
Recording date: 1962
Playing time: 4:15
45 : VLP2574 (7"-33rpm)
LP : LSP2574, PJL2-8121,
Tape: FTP-1154, P8S-1024
CD: CD036, ARMCD019, 82876-62587-2,


Also recorded by:
Gordon Lightfoot      
Chad Mitchell Warner WS1667
Johnny Cash    
Odetta VRS-9066  
The Tarriers Atlantic SD-8042  
Glenn Yarbrough TLP1019

Lyrics:

Come all you young fellers so young and so fine
Seek not your fortune in the dark dreary mine
Itíll form as a habit itíll seed in your soul
Till the blood in your veins runs black as the coal

For itís dark as a dungeon and itís damp as the dew
Where the dangers are double the pleasures are few
Where the rain never falls the sun never shines
Oh God itís dark as a dungeon way down in the mines

Oh itís many a man Iíve known in my day
Who lived just to labor his whole life away
Like a fiend for his dope a drunkard his wine
A man will have lust for the lure of the mine

Oh I hope when I die and the ages do roll
Yes my body will harden and turn into coal
And I look from the door of my heavenly home
To see a poor miner a digginí my bones