cumberland blues (live at oregon state university 1970) lyrics – grateful dead

i can’t stay much longer, melinda, the sun is getting high
i can’t help you with your troubles, if you won’t help with mine
i gotta get down, i gotta get down, i gotta get down to the mine

you keep me up just one more night, i can’t sleep here no more
little ben clock says quarter to eight, you kept me up ’til four
i gotta get down, i gotta get down, or i can’t work there no more

a lotta poor man make a five dollar bill, keep him happy all the time
some other fella’s makin’ nothin’ at all and you can hear him cry
“can i go, buddy, can i go down take your shift at the mine?”

gotta get down to the c*mberland mine
gotta get down to the c*mberland mine
that’s where i mainly spend my time
make good money, five dollars a day
made anymore, i might move away

lotta poor man got the c*mberland blues, he can’t win for losin’
lotta poor man got to walk the line, just to pay his union dues
i don’t know now, i just don’t know if i’m goin’ back again
i don’t know now, i just don’t know if i’m goin’ back again
i don’t know now, i just don’t know if i’m goin’ back again

/ grateful dead lyrics