Cotton Mill Colic

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Cotton Mill Colic-David McCarn
G position, standard tuning

When you buy clothes on easy terms
The collectors treat you like measly worms
"One dollar down", and then, Lord knows,
If you don't make a payment they'll take your clothes
When you go to bed, you can't sleep
You owe so much at the end of the week
No use to colic, they're all that way
Peckin' at your door 'til they get your pay
REFRAIN: I'm a-gonna starve, everybody will
'Cause you cain't make a livin' at a cotton mill

When you go to work, you work like the devil
At the end of the week, you're not on the level
Payday comes, you pay your rent
And when you get through you've not got a cent to buy
Fatback meat, pinto beans
Now and then you get turnip greens
No use to colic, we're all that way
Cain't get the money to move away
REFRAIN: I'm a-gonna starve, everybody will
'Cause you cain't make a livin' at a cotton mill

Twelve dollars a week is all we get
How in the heck can we live on that?
I've got a wife and fourteen kids
We all have to sleep on two bedsteads
Patches on my britches, holes in my hat
Ain't had a shave since the wife got fat
No use to colic, every day at noon
The kids get to cryin' in a different tune
REFRAIN: I'm a-gonna starve, everybody will
'Cause you cain't make a livin' at a cotton mill

They run a few days and then they stand
Just to keep down the working man
We cain't make it, we never will
As long as we stay at a lousy mill
The poor are gettin' poorer, the rich are gettin' rich
If I don't starve, I'm a son of a gun
No use to colic, no use to rave
We'll never rest 'til we're in our grave
REFRAIN: I'm a-gonna starve, nobody will
'Cause you cain't make a livin' at a cotton mill

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