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"Coal Miner's Daughter" By: Loretta Lynn

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"Coal Miner's Daughter" By: Loretta Lynn

"Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn is a great example of life in a coal mining town. The song talks about how Loretta Lynn's family is living on a coal miner's wage which is not a lot. Loretta Lynn sings about how it was a hard life being in a coal mining family. This is really similiar to Homer Hickam's life because, first of all, they both live in a coal mining town and have coal mining families. In addition, they both are pretty poor, not super poor but definitly a little lower than middle class. One thing that is different between Loretta Lynn and Homer Hickam's childhood in a coal Mining town is that they had different families and were raised differntly. Lynn sings about how her daddy made sure they always had love and how he raised eight children with love. This is very different then Hickam's family because his dad wanted him to work in the coal mines when he does not want to and Hickam's father is really stubborn about how he wants his children to obey him. Lynn's daddy seemed much more free and encouraged his children to do what they thought was right and wanted to do.

Lyrics To "Coal Miner's Daughter"Well, I was born a coal miner's daughterIn a cabin on a hill in Butcher HollerWe were poor but we had loveThat's the one thing my Daddy made sure ofHe shoveled coal to make a poor man's dollarMy daddy worked all night in the Van Lear coal mineAll day long in the field hoeing cornMama rocked the baby at nightRead the Bible by a coal oil lightAnd everything would start all over come break of mornDaddy loved and raised eight kids on a coal miner's payMama scrubbed our clothes on a washboard every dayI've seen her fingers bleedTo complain there was no needShe'd smile in Mama's understanding wayIn the summertime we didn't have shoes to wearBut in the wintertime we'd all get a brand new pairFrom a mail-order catalogue, money made by selling a hogDaddy always seemed to get the money somewhereI'm proud to be a coal miner's daughterI remember well, the well where I drew waterThe work we done was hardAt night we'd sleep, cause we were tiredI never thought I'd ever leave Butcher HollerWell a lot of things have changed, since way back whenAnd it's so good to be back home againNot much left but the floorNothing lives here anymoreJust a memory of a coal miner's daughter

This page wall with balloons flying away in the sky is a metaphor for dreams flying away in coal mining towns. It was really hard to hold your dreams and accomplish your dreams in this kind of town because everyone is so poor and also, men either become a coal miner or they get a football scholarship (as they stated in "October Sky") Loretta Lynn and Homer Beckum are two of the few people who lived in a coal mining town and followed their dreams to become a singer and a rocket scientist. All of the balloons in the page wall are flying away, but below that sky over a coal mining town there are a few people who are keeping their dream and successfully making it happen.


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