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101. Tom T. Hall here's a sample
Trip to Hyden

Tossed and turned the night before in some old motel
Subconsciously recallin some old sinful thing Id done
My buddy drove the car and those big coal trucks shook us up
As we drove on into Hyden in the early morning sun

Past the hound dogs and some diamond-neckered chickens
Temporary-lookin houses with their lean and bashful kids
Every hundred yards a sign proclaimed that Christ was coming soon
And I thought, well, man, hed sure be disappointed if he did.

On the way we talked about the 40 miners
Of the 39 who died and one who lived to tell the tale
We stopped for beans and cornbread at the Ed & Lois cafe
Then went to see the sherrif at the Leslie County jail

They took us to the scene of that disaster
I was so surprised to not find any sign of death at all
Just another country hillside with some mudholes and some junk
The mines were deadly silent like a rathole in the wall

It was just like being right inside of a shotgun.
The old man coughed and lit a cigarette that he had rolled
Back in town I bought a heavy jacket from a store
It was sunny down in Hyden but somehow the town was cold

The old man introduced the undertaker
Who seemed refreshed despite the kind of work I knew he did
We talked about the pretty lady from the grand ole opry
An we talked about the money she was raisin for the kids

Well, I guess the old man thought we were reporters
He kept reminding me of how his simple name was spelled
Some lady said, they worth more money now than when theys a-livin.
And Ill leave it there cause I suppose she told it pretty well
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  -PLEASE VOTE--favorite male 70's singer-songwriter leftofthedial  Apr-27-06 01:04 PM   #0 
  - Bill Withers  anarch   Apr-27-06 01:05 PM   #1 
  - way great writer  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:11 PM   #4 
  - Oh, yeah. Way too underappreciated. nt  blondeatlast   Apr-28-06 08:38 AM   #113 
  - Joe Strummer, Roger Waters  Merrick   Apr-27-06 01:08 PM   #2 
  - great, influential writers, but I was not looking for bands  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:10 PM   #3 
  - Dylan  skygazer   Apr-27-06 01:12 PM   #5 
  - undeniably great, but more influential in the 60's  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:15 PM   #10 
     - Blood on the Tracks  cemaphonic   Apr-27-06 03:29 PM   #53 
        - when it comes to singer songwriters, Dylan is always in the running  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 05:43 PM   #71 
  - Elton John did not write his songs ...  meegbear   Apr-27-06 01:12 PM   #6 
  - Than it's Springsteen  DanCa   Apr-27-06 01:14 PM   #9 
  - participating in a songwriting collaboration  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:33 PM   #25 
  - ummm, they cowrote. writing the music is a pretty major part  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:18 PM   #12 
  - But it's a pair and not a singer/songwriter  meegbear   Apr-27-06 01:21 PM   #15 
     - okay.  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:27 PM   #19 
  - Uh....The music was a pretty big part of his songs.  WritingIsMyReligion   Apr-27-06 03:34 PM   #55 
     - especially when you consider some of the melodies he wrote then  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:50 PM   #80 
        - Ah, yes.  WritingIsMyReligion   Apr-27-06 08:53 PM   #92 
  - I agree with Elton John  terrya   Apr-27-06 01:13 PM   #7 
  - Can we fuse Springsteen and Elton John into one  DanCa   Apr-27-06 01:13 PM   #8 
  - now there would be a gender-confused mess!  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:33 PM   #76 
     - But a musically talented gender confused mess  DanCa   Apr-27-06 06:51 PM   #81 
  - Other: Tom Waits  Spider Jerusalem   Apr-27-06 01:16 PM   #11 
  - truth be told, he and Dr. John and Randy Newman and Leon Russell  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:19 PM   #14 
     - Yeah...  Spider Jerusalem   Apr-27-06 01:48 PM   #32 
        - what do you think of his newer stuff  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:49 PM   #33 
           - I loved Mule Variations...  Spider Jerusalem   Apr-27-06 01:51 PM   #36 
              - what always amazes me  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:57 PM   #40 
                 - Yeah...  Spider Jerusalem   Apr-27-06 01:58 PM   #41 
                    - Waits was the first name I thought of too.  cemaphonic   Apr-27-06 03:26 PM   #52 
                       - I don't konw about leaving some of these guys in the dust  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 05:29 PM   #64 
  - Other: Simmons/Stanley  Dolomite   Apr-27-06 01:18 PM   #13 
  - they were pretty interesting too  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:21 PM   #16 
  - Richard Thompson  Squeech   Apr-27-06 01:26 PM   #17 
  - Richard Thompson is amazing.  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:30 PM   #22 
     - Hmmm...  Squeech   Apr-27-06 01:56 PM   #39 
        - James Taylor has done some great work more recently too  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 03:18 PM   #51 
           - Thank you  Squeech   Apr-27-06 03:42 PM   #58 
              - thanks!  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 04:05 PM   #61 
  - Frank Zappa didnt make the list?  EOO   Apr-27-06 01:27 PM   #18 
  - now he did.  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:28 PM   #21 
  - I voted for Jackson but want to give a shoutout to Bruce Cockburn  Beaverhausen   Apr-27-06 01:28 PM   #20 
  - Cockburn is excellent too!  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:38 PM   #28 
  - Bruce is such a poet  lukasahero   Apr-27-06 01:51 PM   #35 
     - that's an interesting observation in that he writes music and lyrics  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:55 PM   #38 
        - I didn't know he did that  lukasahero   Apr-27-06 02:51 PM   #43 
  - What about Neil Young?  maveric   Apr-27-06 01:30 PM   #23 
  - Neil is in a league by himself I think  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:37 PM   #27 
  - Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Carole King, Joni Mitchell - greatest of the S/SW  bob_weaver   Apr-27-06 02:57 PM   #45 
     - I'm not being a misogynist  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:53 PM   #82 
        - Yes I forgot it was "male s/sw," in that case, just Young and Stevens IMO  bob_weaver   Apr-27-06 07:22 PM   #88 
  - Bruse got my vote, but Leonard Cohen deserves recognition here.  speedoo   Apr-27-06 01:32 PM   #24 
  - Leonard Cohen is a master  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:34 PM   #26 
  - He is without doubt the most underrated singer-songwriter.  speedoo   Apr-27-06 01:41 PM   #29 
     - I don't know why he never became more popular  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:44 PM   #30 
  - "Ten New Songs" is in my car cd player right now  lukasahero   Apr-27-06 01:49 PM   #34 
  - Leonard Cohen is my favorite in this category.  swag   Apr-27-06 03:44 PM   #60 
  - Okay. who voted for Billy Joel?  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:45 PM   #31 
  - I voted for Billy Joel! This poll gave him some stiff competition,  Arkansas Granny   Apr-27-06 03:43 PM   #59 
  - thanks for fessin up! :-)  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 05:32 PM   #66 
  - I'm not sure if he's the best, but  antfarm   Apr-27-06 05:31 PM   #65 
     - I think that's one of the greatest things about music. It has formed  Arkansas Granny   Apr-28-06 05:25 AM   #106 
  - Other: Nick Drake  no name no slogan   Apr-27-06 01:52 PM   #37 
  - he was great, as is his friend and sort-of mentor  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 01:58 PM   #42 
  - I second that!  mrbassman03   Apr-27-06 10:44 PM   #100 
  - I can't believe nobody has mentioned Cat Stevens.  bob_weaver   Apr-27-06 02:56 PM   #44 
  - or Van Morrison  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 03:02 PM   #47 
  - Or Bob Marley  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 09:13 PM   #95 
  - Bryan Ferry  XNASA   Apr-27-06 02:58 PM   #46 
  - great writer . . .  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 03:03 PM   #49 
  - Elvis Costello, David Byrne  kwassa   Apr-27-06 03:02 PM   #48 
  - I've never been a fan of Elvis Costello--must be a character flaw  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 03:04 PM   #50 
     - It is a very deep character flaw.  kwassa   Apr-28-06 08:14 AM   #110 
  - Van Morrison, Cat Stevens and others mentioned elsewhere  new_beawr   Apr-27-06 03:32 PM   #54 
  - he just always rubbed me the wrong way  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 05:33 PM   #68 
  - Can't vote--I like 'em all.  WritingIsMyReligion   Apr-27-06 03:35 PM   #56 
  - well, I'd trade my house for a couple of his royalty checks  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:56 PM   #83 
     - No shit.  WritingIsMyReligion   Apr-27-06 08:52 PM   #91 
  - Jim Croce wrote some ok tunes  johnnie   Apr-27-06 03:42 PM   #57 
  - Croce was great on that folk-rock-pop crossover thing  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 05:27 PM   #63 
  - I love 'em all (ESPECIALLY JOEL ;), but I'll make a shout-out for Nilsson  njdemocrat106   Apr-27-06 05:25 PM   #62 
  - Nilsson was amazing.  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 05:40 PM   #69 
     - I was going to say Pete Ham  johnnie   Apr-27-06 06:06 PM   #72 
  - David Bowie  Guy Fawkes   Apr-27-06 05:33 PM   #67 
  - I would have voted for Bowie too  DBoon   Apr-27-06 06:49 PM   #79 
  - Tony Clifton!  JVS   Apr-27-06 05:41 PM   #70 
  - when did it first dawn on you  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:31 PM   #74 
  - I go with the Leonard Cohen voters.  graywarrior   Apr-27-06 06:26 PM   #73 
  - well, there you go!  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:31 PM   #75 
  - I've been listening to him a lot lately, and I'm astounded at  graywarrior   Apr-27-06 06:37 PM   #77 
     - and the depth of his lyrics  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 06:44 PM   #78 
        - Famous Blue Raincoat floors me.  graywarrior   Apr-27-06 07:19 PM   #86 
  - I have to agree  u4ic   Apr-28-06 12:36 AM   #102 
  - If people started a religion to worship James Taylor I'd be cool with it  Bombtrack   Apr-27-06 06:57 PM   #84 
  - I thought they did . . .  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 07:22 PM   #89 
  - David Cassidy  Owl   Apr-27-06 07:00 PM   #85 
  - nice.  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 07:21 PM   #87 
  - Cat Stevens  rug   Apr-27-06 07:25 PM   #90 
  - BARRY WHITE!!!  MrScorpio   Apr-27-06 08:55 PM   #93 
  - The voice  leftofthedial   Apr-27-06 09:10 PM   #94 
  - I voted for other because Steve Goodman was the best IMO.  HuskerDU   Apr-27-06 09:25 PM   #96 
  - Go Cubs Go....Hey Chicago, whaddaya say....the cubs are gonna....  Gato Moteado   Apr-29-06 09:10 AM   #123 
  - John Denver  oregonjen   Apr-27-06 09:41 PM   #97 
  - Damn right!  HuskerDU   Apr-27-06 09:43 PM   #98 
  - Barry Gibb of the Bee Gee's  Dying Eagle   Apr-27-06 10:19 PM   #99 
  - Tom T. Hall here's a sample  blitzen   Apr-27-06 10:51 PM   #101 
  - I love Tom T Hall  leftofthedial   Apr-28-06 08:00 AM   #108 
     - great song...i just learned to play it on the guitar a couple weeks ago  blitzen   Apr-29-06 01:34 AM   #120 
  - Todd Rundgren  Hissyspit   Apr-28-06 01:21 AM   #103 
  - there's another  leftofthedial   Apr-28-06 08:02 AM   #109 
  - Warren Zevon deserves a mention.  argyl   Apr-28-06 03:54 AM   #104 
  - you aren't kidding  leftofthedial   Apr-28-06 07:58 AM   #107 
  - Alice Cooper  Lilith Velkor   Apr-28-06 04:29 AM   #105 
  - I voted JT but it is very close call,  PRETZEL   Apr-28-06 08:18 AM   #111 
  - No John Denver? Simply the best.  MrsGrumpy   Apr-28-06 08:19 AM   #112 
  - See my post #97  oregonjen   Apr-28-06 09:51 AM   #115 
  - I have three  lizziegrace   Apr-28-06 08:42 AM   #114 
  - Often overlooked, but very talented -- Gordon Lightfoot.  Old Crusoe   Apr-28-06 01:09 PM   #116 
  - Agreed! n/t  lizziegrace   Apr-28-06 01:33 PM   #117 
  - Paul Simon  flblu2   Apr-28-06 02:00 PM   #118 
  - Other  ballabosh   Apr-28-06 02:57 PM   #119 
  - those are all good options, but Steve Goodman was the best....  Gato Moteado   Apr-29-06 08:49 AM   #121 
  - and as for a rocker, John Hiatt could very well be the rockingest....  Gato Moteado   Apr-29-06 08:56 AM   #122 
 

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