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Coal Miner's Son

from Red Horses by Bring Prudence

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An immigrant song. Drawing on personal experiences with assimilation, this song is about childhood friends getting back together for one night in Rhode Island. A response to Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with allusions to the Ukrainian fairy tale “The Firebird”, Windows 95, and Party City.

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At the start of the summer, I had eleven best friends,
and we slept in Rhode Island in our immigrant beds,
and I know we’ll be brilliant with our handfuls of rye.
How could anything scare us after Windows 95?

I never was a coal miner’s son.
How could I know where the well water’s from?

So thanks Party City for these eleven balloons.
We’ll fly over Chicago and over Catholic tombs,
and I know we’ll be famous with the networks online.
How could anything stop us with our handfuls of rye?

I never was a coal miner’s son.
How could I know where the well water’s from?
I put out the fire, but the firebird’s gone.
I never was a coal miner’s son.

I never was a coal miner’s son.
How could I know where the well water’s from?
So I put out the fire, but the firebird’s gone.
I never was a coal miner’s son.

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from Red Horses, released September 23, 2016
Jared van Fleet - piano and bass

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Bring Prudence Brooklyn, New York

Bring Prudence is the project of singer-songwriter & producer Oleh Zaychenko.

He sings of magical thinking, disintegrating relationships, childhood loneliness, and sacrifice, sprinkling in some business jargon and Ukrainian folklore characters. ... more

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