Standard guitar tuning:EADGBECapo on 5 fret
Verse 1AmTravelinC/G down that coal toAmwn road. CListenin toG my rubber tires wAmhine. AmGoodbye tFo Buckeye and whitAme Sycamore. CI'm leavin' Gyou behind. Am GI've beCen coaGl miner aCll of myG life. C GLayin' Cdown tGrack in tChe hoGle. C FGotta backAm like an ironwood, bit by the wGind. AmBlood veiC/Gns blue as thAme coal. FBlood veins C/Gblue as the cAmoal.
Verse 2AmSomebody said, C/G "That's a strange tAmattoo you have Con the sGide of your heaAmd." AmI said, "That'sC the blueprint left by tAmhe coal. AmA little mGore and I'd bC/Geen dead. Am AmWell, IG love thCe rumblGe and I love the Cdark. GI loveC the coGol of the sChade, AC/Gnd it's on down thAme new road, lookin for a jC/Gob. ThCis travelin nook in mGy head. (Sometimes Amx2)
Verse 3AmI stood for the unioC/Gn and walked inAm the line C/GAnd fought against tAmhe company. AmI stood fC/Gor the U. M. W. of AmA. FNow, whos goCnna stand by mAme? CI've got no house aGnd I got no jobC, G GJust got aC/G worried soul G FAnd a blue C/Gtattoo on the Amside of my head FLeft by theC/G number nine coAmal. FLeft by theC/G number nine coAmal.
Verse 4AmSome day when I'C/Gm dead and goneAm GTo heaven, the land Cof my dreams. Am AmI wont have to woCrry on losin my Amjob, On bCad times and big machGines. Am CI ain't gonna pay mGy money away Am GOn dues or hospitaCl plans. G CI'm gonna cut coaAml where the blue heavens rolCl FAnd sing with tGhe angel banAmd. FAnd sing with thGe angel bandAm.
OutroFAnd sing with thGe angel bandAm. FAnd sing with thGe angel bandAm.