Peabody Coal Blues - original by me

Played on home made cigar box mandolin.

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Comment by Richard Sundberg on April 9, 2021 at 1:30pm

A great revisit Uncle to one of your finest originals. I was going to ask about Peabody, but your comments explained the song very well. What about white cars?

Comment by Uncle John on April 9, 2021 at 1:03pm

Thanks, Ray!

Comment by Southern Ray on April 9, 2021 at 11:27am

 I like this revisit to this song on that magnificent mandolin, Unc. Bravo!

Comment by Uncle John on April 8, 2021 at 8:26pm

Thanks, Andries.  Yup. Mando power is least polluting.

Comment by A.D.EKER on April 8, 2021 at 4:10pm

Nice one John , that peabody used one of the largest topland coal escavators ever bild , no wonder that he was not so liked , that monster eat thousand of cubic meters a minit in one hauwl , and just like kale say'd  it hauwled Paradice  away ! all those natural veuls ,coal ,earthgas, turf, oil , all are great poluters in the end waterpower ,wind, and Solar  will have the future , and there will be new discoveries as well , i seen this kid, that developt some sort of human dynamo! chemical  and human heat  seems to do the trick ! But mando Power is it for you ! Greeeettsszz A.D. 

Comment by Uncle John on April 8, 2021 at 10:15am

Thanks, Kale, Tee and Jim.  It's one of my fave self written songs.  Mr. Peabody was real, but not in my area.  Iowa had quite a few coal mines into the 1930s and 3 of them within five miles of where I live.  One was mined by black miners.  I believe the Iowa coal was a lower grade and dirtier and less efficient to burn.  I have heard that back in the coal days there were not many houses painted white due to the dirty burning coal.

During the depression, if a train with coal cars stopped, boys might climb up and throw off some coal to take home.  

Comment by the mothball union on April 8, 2021 at 12:42am

This is great songwriting. One of your best imo. And stripped down for cbg it's a cbg blues diamond.

Comment by t-belly johnson on April 7, 2021 at 10:01pm

Nice job John. Not a tune I`ve heard before but I like it!

Comment by Poorness Studios on April 7, 2021 at 9:43pm

Great tune and performance John. Mr Peabody's coal train hauled paradise away, so I can see why you wouldn't want to work for that guy.

Comment by Uncle John on April 7, 2021 at 9:08pm

Thanks, Alan.  Yes, I did do this song before on a cbg,   I really like this mandolin and plan to 'revisit' songs I previously did on guitar.  Starting with some home made songs.  

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