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Lyr Req: The Young Ones Don't Remember (McCutcheon

mkebenn 12 Jan 10 - 04:07 PM
Joe Offer 12 Jan 10 - 06:55 PM
mkebenn 13 Jan 10 - 12:31 PM
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From: mkebenn
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 04:07 PM

Fom an unmarked cd. chourus starts

"The young ones don't remember,

how are they supposed to know.

of all the fights we fought

for thier future down below.

   Powerfull song, don't know origins or chords. Any help appreciated Mike

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE YOUNG ONES DON'T REMEMBER (McCutcheon
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 06:55 PM

Hi, Mike-
You can find McCutcheon lyrics at John's website, which has a very nice URL:
It's from an early album, Gone, Gonna Rise Again (1987).

The Young Ones Don't Remember
(words & music by John McCutcheon)

He raised a knarled finger, “There’s the place we used to meet
“Where old John L. would beller, bring each miner to his feet
“And the boys would dream about the day they’d each be underground
“And the greenbacks flowed like Paint’s Creek through the town”

“I remember back in ‘29, times was hard back then
“It was fifty cents a ton, young boys would do the work of men
“And the faces in the lamplight shone on families all alone
“Waiting for the ones that never would come home”

“But the young ones don’t remember, how are they to know
“All the fights we fought to give them futures down below
“And they’ll cheer for solidarity off in some foreign land
“But not a one will take the union stand”

“They called us everything back then from outlaws to ‘damn reds!’
“And many was the time whole families murdered in their beds
“But the dead marched on before us as we turned the tyrants’ tide
“And we raised our union’s banner high with pride”

“Then the times got bad again and they swallowed all the lies
“The flame dimmed to a flicker, you could see it in their eyes
“But those who can’t learn from the past are cursed with it again
“And mock the ones who’ve suffered so in vain
“Now from my home where all we pensioners live across the tracks
“I watch the children walk the rails to gather coal in sacks
“To drive away the chill that haunts too many a miner’s home
“Until they realize they’re not alone”

©1986 by John McCutcheon. Published by Appalsongs (ASCAP).

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Subject: RE: Req:John McCutcheon song-Young ones don't remember
From: mkebenn
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 12:31 PM

Thanks alot, Joe. Mike

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