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"Working in the Coal Mine" is a song written by Allen Touissant which was well-known for being a hit by Lee Dorsey in 1966, and a cover version in 1981 by Devo. The song was performed by the gulag's "Prison King" (played by Jemaine Clement) in the 2014 film, Muppets Most Wanted.

Lyrics

Workin' in the coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm already up and gone
Lord, I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Daddy, workin' in the coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

'Course I make a little money
Haulin' coal by the ton
But when Saturday rolls around
I'm too tired for havin' fun
Too tired for havin'

I'm just workin' in the coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Lord I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Daddy, workin' in the coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm already up and gone
Lord, I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Daddy, workin' in the coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

'Course I make a little money
Haulin' coal by the ton
But when Saturday rolls around
I'm too tired for havin' fun
Too tired for havin'

I'm just workin' in the coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down, down, down
Workin' in a coal mine
Oops, about to slip down

Lord, I'm so tired

Well, I've been working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Five o'clock in the morning
I'm up before the sun
When my work day is over
I'm too tired for having fun

Well, I've been tired but I've been
Working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Lord, I am so tired
How long can this go on?

Well, I been working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Five o'clock in the morning
I'm up before the sun
When my work day is over
I'm too tired for having fun

Well, I've been tired but I've been
Working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Working in a coal mine
Going down, down
Working in a coal mine
Whew, about to slip down

Lord, I am so tired
How long can this go on?

I've been working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Working, going, working
Whew, about to slip down

Gulag Prisoners:
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down, down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down, down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down

Prison King:
Five o'clock in the morning
I'm already up and gone
Lord, I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Gulag Prisoners:
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down, down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down, down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down

Prison King:
'Cause I work every morning
Hauling coal by the ton
But when Saturday rolls around
I'm too tired to have any fun

Gulag Prisoners:
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down, down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down, down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down

Prison King:
Lord, I'm so tired
How long can this go on?

Gulag Prisoners:
I'm just working in the coal mine
Going down, down down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down
Working in the coal mine
Going down, down down
Working in the coal mine
Whoops, about to slip down

Prison King: In a coal mine...


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