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Company Town – Shannon Slaughter / David Carroll

Shannon – Guitar and Lead Vocal / Heather – Harmony Vocal / Ron I. – Mandolin / Justin – Banjo / Ron S. – Fiddle / Cliff – Bass

This is a song loosely based on the town of Margaret, AL. Some of Heather’s ancestors worked in the mines in Margaret in the early twentieth century and it was named for the mining company owner’s wife. There is a rich history of mining in the Appalachian region and we tried to capture the stress, the toughness, and the joy that comes with working together. Ron’s mandolin playing really makes this song stand out!!

Lyrics

Company Town
© Shannon Slaughter / Dave Carroll 2013
Verse 1
Life was hard but so were we / a working man and a family

Bread and beans the neighbors shared / when hard times left our cupboard bare
Sang along with the radio / to the Saturday evening Opry show

Chorus

Company Town --- where the men and women make their way by digging in the ground
Company Town – you can’t rub 2 dimes together when a nickel can’t be found
We’re in this thing together right side up or upside down
Living, loving, dying all………….. in a company town
Verse 2
Off to work fore the break of day / kissed the babies bye and on my way
Timbers creak far underground / but the good lord keeps us safe and sound
Big boss man goes riding by / but he don’t speak his head’s too high

Verse 3
Company houses all in rows / one washboard for all our clothes
For 6 long days we’d dig for pay / on the Sabbath we’d all kneel and pray

Nights we laid our heads to rest / we ain’t got much but still we’re blessed

Final verse after chorus
Our thanks go up as dark creeps round / God bless our little company town