I Ain't Gonna Work For Mr Peabody No More.

Original song by me using a fairly generic blues tune and pattern.

Well, I [G] ain't gonna work for Mr. Peabody no more. ... (G7)
No, I [C] ain't gonna work for Mr. Peabody no more.....
He [D] works me like a dog and he
[C] cheats me at his company [G] store.... (D)

Well, I aint gonna dig Peabody coal no more. (x2)
He done laid me off and said I had to go. Harp

I'm broke and broke down and got to find a new job. X2
Cause' I ain't gonna work for Mister Peabody no more. Harp

Mr. Roosevelt, he's got him that New Deal. (X)
Get me a government job, make some money for real.

Whistle
verse one- 2 lines/ harp tag.

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Comment by Dave Lynas on January 24, 2020 at 5:37am

I lived in coal country for 7 years teaching at Ohio University in Athens Ohio. After teaching for 3 years bought an old farm and tried self sufficiency farming. Strip mines and tortured timber was all around. Great music there. It was a magical place with wonderful characters everywhere. It transformed my musical soul. I befriended old coal miners who  visited our farm often and played and sang their songs. Woodie Guthrie songs and the like. I found out what poverty was all about and raised a family in that tradition. I love your song Unc.

Comment by Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson on January 24, 2020 at 2:38am

Speaking as an ex-coal miner, I ain't gonna dig coal for anybody no more, great song UJ, love it :D

Comment by Uncle John on January 23, 2020 at 9:41pm

Thanks, AGP.  That Mr. Peabody in the photo is the coal barron of Peabody coal. 

People think of Iowa as an agricultural state - NOT a coal mining state.   But up until the 1930 or so, coal mining was number two to farming for employment in Iowa.  There were two coal mines within a mile of where I live.  They are long gone and with no obvious residual evidence.  I think they were owned or had close ties to local railroads not owned by the real Mr. Peabody.

  The Iowa coal was somehow of a dirtier and lesser quality and was mostly used by the railroads and to heat homes and businesses.    AGP, interesting that you, an Australian figured out the history of using the Peabody name in my song.  In John Prine's song, Paradise, the town and nearby vicinity was hauled away by Mr. Peabody's coal train.  

Comment by AGP # on January 23, 2020 at 6:33pm

Good original song & performance 'UJ'  :-)

Comment by Uncle John on January 23, 2020 at 3:17pm

Dave, I am hard on harps- I must slobber a bit using a harness and they don't last long enough to make good ones worthwhile for me.  I have some $10 Huang harps from China that last a long time. They take a bit more wind to play, but last and sound decent.

Comment by Uncle John on January 23, 2020 at 3:14pm

Thanks, Dave.  I like this one.  

Comment by Dave Lynas on January 23, 2020 at 3:06pm

I hear Woodie G. Here. Out of the Dustbowl Era.

Comment by Dave Lynas on January 23, 2020 at 3:05pm

Wonderful Uncle. Your harp is excellent. And I envy your whistle. With no teeth I can only hiss like a snake. Solid guitar, good singin and pickin. :*)

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