Tox Tunes #104: Oxycontin Blues (Steve Earle)

January 11, 2016, 12:29 am

This is from Steve Earle’s 2007 CD Washington Square Serenade. The lyrics are simple and stark:

Well my daddy worked in the coal mine
Till the company shut it down
Then he sat around and drank his self blind
Till we put him back underground

Now nothing grows on this mountain
And what’s a poor boy to do
Except to wander these hills forgotten
With the oxycontin blues

Of course, in the nearly decade since this song came out, we’ve become all too aware that the “oxycontin blues” is an problem that has spread far beyond the coal region and Appalachia.

Thanks to reader @kimvie for suggesting this song.

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