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Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh
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I can't stay here much longer, Melinda
The sun is getting high
I can't help you with your troubles
If you won't help with mine
I gotta get down
I gotta get down
Gotta get down to the mine

You keep me up just one more night
I can't stop here no more
Little Ben clock says quarter to eight
You kept me up till four
I gotta get down
I gotta get down
Or I can't work there no more

Lotta poor man make a five dollar bill
Will keep him happy all the time
Some other fellow's making nothing at all
And you can hear him cry

Can I go, buddy, can I go down
Take your shift at the mine
Gotta get down to the Cumberland mine
That's where I mainly spend my time

Make good money, five dollars a day
If I made any more I might move away

Lotta poor man got the Cumberland Blues
He can't win for losing
Lotta poor man got to walk the line
Just to pay his union dues

I don't know now, I just don't know
If I'm going back again
I don't know now, I just don't know
If I'm going back again

  • Cumberland Blues
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    I can't stay here much longer, Melinda
    The sun is getting high
    I can't help you with your troubles
    If you won't help with mine
    I gotta get down
    I gotta get down
    Gotta get down to the mine

    You keep me up just one more night
    I can't stop here no more
    Little Ben clock says quarter to eight
    You kept me up till four
    I gotta get down
    I gotta get down
    Or I can't work there no more

    Lotta poor man make a five dollar bill
    Will keep him happy all the time
    Some other fellow's making nothing at all
    And you can hear him cry

    Can I go, buddy, can I go down
    Take your shift at the mine
    Gotta get down to the Cumberland mine
    That's where I mainly spend my time

    Make good money, five dollars a day
    If I made any more I might move away

    Lotta poor man got the Cumberland Blues
    He can't win for losing
    Lotta poor man got to walk the line
    Just to pay his union dues

    I don't know now, I just don't know
    If I'm going back again
    I don't know now, I just don't know
    If I'm going back again