coal driven man

from by Neal Meyer

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I'm not a machine. I don't burn coal, no. I don't run on steam. I feel like I wish I could. I can't keep up this pace even if i wanted to.

Coal driven man, I'm no coal driven man.

My hands aren't made of steel. I've worked them down to nothing and I've watched them bleed and peel. I don't move on a rail. I just have these two feet and I know that they will fail.

Coal driven man, I'm no coal driven man.

I know I can't be born again. I can't forge a new body out of tin. I know that burning coal's not sound but the way I'm living my just put me in the ground.

Coal driven man. I'm no coal driven man.


from My Longest Year, released January 7, 2014



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