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Byzantine – Redneck War lyrics

Many a man bear the scars of laboring to pay a toll
They lie just to exploit our miners and hell bent to export our coal
Come step into our territory and our laws you shall not adhere
They're gaining control through the voting and bribery built on your fear

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek

These grass roots have all been tilled for generations next in line
Our heaven will never be filled while death overfloweth the mines
The backs that break under the strain of burdens brought on by their lives
Are put out to fend off the rain oppression that cuts like a knife

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek

[Solo: Tony]

Let's war

Take up arms for your mother there is nothing to lose
Around the necks the union symbol hangs like a noose

It is autumn on the mountain and a Chafin is to fall
Charged with murderous treason Harding declares martial law

[Solo: oj]

Lay down the bible and take up the rifle
Our blood runs thick down the banks of the crooked creek



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    manda6982
    This is song is about West Virginia's coal miners and their battle with the coal companies. The miners were oppressed by the coal companies with unsafe mining conditions and low wages (sometimes only being paid with company store money which could only be spent in the company store. Usually the company stores had very over priced merchandise). When the miners spoke of a union for far wages, the coal companies reacted by sending private investigators to the coal camps, where they would spy on the miner who were trying to unionize. After the events at matewan, wv and many meetings with the companies, the miners rallied in Charleston and marched to Logan county, were on blair mountain were met by the us army. This is the only time outside of war times that the us army has been called in to attack its own citizens. The coal miners wore red bandannas around their neck and this is were the term "redneck" is derived.
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