Coal Country Music
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HEAVEN - WOODY GUTHRIE
(From the Coal Country Music CD)
It's after my work tired and weary, I lay down to rest my eyes,
I see this world change in a whirlwind and heaven flies down from the skies;
I see rising up from my wreckage, cities and mansions so bright
I see my friends eyes and their faces lit up with a bright shining light.
I walk through the sunshiny factory where dresses and shirts are both clean;
A brother and sister are singing at work as they watch all the wheels;
No smudge clouds of smoke hid my valley, my sight it is clear for miles;
The mountains are all dancing happy, the trees are waving me smiles.
There are no sickly faces about me, the children are healthy and gay;
Not one homeless soul is around me, not lost, nor cripple, nor lame;
The street laid in finest of plastics, the atom is laboring as well;
No airships are crashing here by me, no dead ones in burning hotels.
No fast cars collide nor turn over, no death curve along my new road;
No cheaters, no gamblers, no robbers, no graveyard, no prisons, no jails;
No gasbombs, no brass knucks, no billies, no battles 'tween worker and boss;
No patrolman, no officer, policeman, to ride into crowds on his horse.
The last labor battles are ended, they're shown on the screen and the page;
The workhand is happy at building his world like the play on his stage;
Profiteers are gone and forgotten, except in my history and book,
My friends all have jobs here in heaven and sing as I stand here and look.
I am sawing the finest made fiddle, I am touching the richest skin drum;
I am blowing the sweetest of woodwinds and blowing the deepest of horns;
I dance to my music I'm making, and the world joins in with my dance;
Science and hope cures the fevers, not one grain is blowing by chance.
Every hand works in hand with the other, and not for power nor greed;
Every hand works to its fullest ability and is paid in its deepest of need;
No cancer, no tuberculosis, no paralysis nor asylums are here
No bowery, nor skid row of homeless, no eye that is blinded by tears.
If you can only see with me this vision of heaven I dreamed,
Then you can take new faith in working with comrades and friends
And when I woke up from my sleeping and looked down my raggedy street,
I go back to work with my vision and I drink down the bitter and sweet.
I know as you hear such a dream, friend, you will not pass it along;
I do not expect you to sing it as I do, nor to sing such a curious song;
I wrote down this song for my own self, and sing it now to my own soul,
But if you'll sing songs of your dreamings, then you will reap treasures untold.
- Woody Guthrie
Margie Van Auken
A note from the producers of Coal Country Music:
We would like to thank the artists, producers, engineers, publishers,
songwriters, record labels, managers, and all of the other creative
and dedicated professionals who made this project possible. They
freely and generously contributed their time, talent, recordings, and
compositions without remuneration, knowing that the proceeds from
this CD will help bring national attention to the devastation of
Mountaintop Removal coal-mining and to the central role the
Appalachian Mountains have played in American history, music, and
culture. We also acknowledge the dependence on electricity we all
share in our
private and professional lives. Our intention in producing
this musical compilation is not just to help stop Mountaintop
Removal, but also to help promote renewable and sustainable energy
alternatives and the green jobs they create.
In assembling this compilation we were afforded the luxury of using
existing tracks that had already been produced and engineered by some
of the best in the business. We took no creative or technical role in
shaping these recordings or making them what they are, we merely put
them together on this disc.
Unfortunately, due to the large number of artists participating in
the project, and the exponentially larger number of creative and
technical people involved in producing the many recordings, we were
not able to list full performance, production, and engineering
credits for each track on the CD. In the interest of giving credit
where it's due, we provide as much of that information on this
website as we are able.
We would however like to give a special thank you to Mastering
Engineer Mark Hood at Echo Park Studios in Bloomington, Indiana. Mark
took on the difficult task of fitting together this diverse group of
recordings which came to him in a variety of states. Some of the
songs were from professionally mastered releases, some were
unreleased, and others were little more than demos. Mark did an
amazing job of making them all work together seamlessly. Thank you
also to Kevin Loyal at Echo Park for his assistance with the final editing.
We offer this compilation out of reverence for the natural world that
sustains all life, for the mountains forests, and rivers of
Appalachia that nurtured a nation, and by way of tribute to the
spirit of the people of Appalachia whose dedication and sacrifice
inspired this project.
Andy Mahler & Jason Wilber
Producers of Coal Country Music
companion CD to Coal Country the movie.
CD produced in cooperation with:
COAL COUNTRY MUSIC
Andy Mahler and Jason Wilber
in association with Heartwood
a companion CD to the film