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Genie Origins: Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia (34) Lyr Add: The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia 07 May 13


Since the links above keep becoming defunct and the DT doesn't have the last verse, here are the full lyrics as sung by Emmylou Harris with Mary Black. They are a slight variation on the ones in the DT and they include the last verse.

GREEN ROLLING HILLS (OF WEST VIRGINIA)
(Utah Phillips)
(As sung by Mary Black and Emmylou Harris on "Singing Through The Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips")

CHORUS:
The green rolling hills of West Virginia
Are the nearest thing to heaven that I know
Though the times are sad and drear
And I cannot linger here
They'll keep me and never let me go

My daddy said "Don't ever be a miner,
For a miner's grave is all you'll ever own,
For the hard times everywhere,
I can't find a dime to spare.
These are the worst times I've ever known."
CHORUS

So I'll move away into some crowded city,
In some northern factory town you'll find me there .
Oh, I'll leave the past behind,
I'll never change my mind.
These troubled times are more than I can bear.
CHORUS

But someday I'll go back to West Virginia
To the green rolling hills I love so well.
Yes, someday I'll go home
And I know I'll right the wrong.
These troubled times will follow me no more
Yes, someday I'll go home
And I know I'll right the wrong.
These troubled times will follow me no more.
CHORUS

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    Last verse is by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. -Joe Offer-


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