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Hibbing

(Nathan Rogers)
Can you handle one more day of work, though it won’t change your life, my friend?
You pay your dues and you spend your time down where the sidewalk ends,
where the pavement cracked.
At the north end of town is where Uncle Sam’s strip mine is gonna swallow Hibbing down.

You come to work a barren ground.
To spend a life on a job deep down in this man-made canyon where the pay is fine.
There are two ways out of Hibbing:
On the Greyhound or down the mine.

When you finally get laid off (it might take ‘em twenty years or so) you’ll be
too old and too damned tired to get on the Greyhound and go.
You can spend you aging days in Hibbing’s lovely bars where you’ll be
laughing at the tourists in their silly foreign cars.

There are two ways out of Hibbing:
On the Greyhound or down the mine.

There’s a giant hole where your house used to be.
And you’d have given that only dollar so daddy could have gone free from the
filings in his shoes and the iron in his breath and the blood that stained his
denim blues like he was being worked to death.

You come to work a barren ground.
To spend a life on a job deep down in this man-made canyon where the pay is fine.
There are two ways out of Hibbing:
On the Greyhound or down the mine.

In this man-made canyon, yeah, the pay is fine.
There are two ways out of Hibbing:
On the Greyhound or down the mine.