Freeburn was the place to go
If a person went anywhere
We lived in Johnson Bottom
And went to grade school there

The Recreation Building was the hub
And the place where people gathered
To pick up their mail and gossip a little
Then discuss bad times they'd weathered

Kids danced there to the latest music
And upstairs to the theater for a movie
All this happened in the nineteen-fifties
When rock and roll was new and groovy

Daddy worked at the Freeburn coal mine
And we traded at the Company Store
Doc Bentley's office was always packed
He was every family's stork

James Hatfield's store was at the bend
Where the Tug River Bridge we crossed
To Delorme on the West Virginia side
Places where lives in the feud were lost

I still recall the "good old days"
When up to the city, we'd go
But Freeburn was long ago relegated
To just a wide place in the road

Kathleen McCoy EldridgeŠ
June 7, 2007
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Music: "Coal Miner's Daughter"

Sequenced by Al Simms
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