Readin' Rightin' Rt. 23
Dwight Yoakam Lyrics


Chorus:
They learned readin', writin', Route 23
To the jobs that lay waiting in those cities' factories
They learned readin', writin', roads to the north
To the luxury and comfort a coal miner can't afford
They thought readin', writin', Route 23
Would take them to the good life that they had never seen
They didn't know that old highway
Could lead them to a world of misery
Have you ever been down Kentucky-way
Say south of Prestonburg
Have you ever been up in a holler
Have you ever heard
A mountain man cough his life away
From diggin' that black coal
In those dark mines, those dark mines
If you had you might just understand
The reason that they left is all behind
Chorus:
They learned readin', wrightin', Route 23
To the jobs that lay waitin' in those cities' factories
They learned readin', writin', roads to the north
To the luxury and comfort a coal miner can't afford
They thought readin', writin', Route 23
Would take them to the good life that they had never seen
They didn't know that old highway
Could lead them to a world of misery
Have you ever seen 'em
Put the kids in the car after work on Friday night
Pull up in a holler about 2 A. M.
And see a light still shinin' bright
Those mountain folks sat up that late
Just to hold those little grandkids
In their arms, in their arms
And I'm proud to say that I've been blessed
And touched by their sweet hillbilly charm
Chorus:
They learned readin', writin', Route 23
To the jobs that lay waiting in those cities' factories
They learned readin', writin', roads to the north
To the luxury and comfort a coal miner can't afford
They thought readin', writin', Route 23
Would take them to the good life that they had never seen
They didn't know that old highway
Could lead them to a world of misery
Yeah, it turns out that that old highway,
Leads you to a world of misery
They found out that that old highway
Leads you to a world of misery...

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OJ Adkins

Dwight Yoakam you're singin my song. I know Pikeville, Rt 23 and the heartaches that was at the end of that road where the factories were. Sure folks made more money than workin in the coal mines but, as you know there was a price for that gain. I knowed many an old boy who came up and just couldn't take the hussle of all the peoples in the city. Some, not enough went back home to make it anyway they could except what lie ahead in them big cities. Yeah, Greasy Creek will forever stick in my mind.

OJ Adkins

@Deborah chesser where bouts is Stinkin Creek? Are you familiar with Greasy?

Deborah chesser

OJ Adkins Stinkin creek for me , and Scalf.

Eric McCambly

One of the top 10 albums of all time . Every song is amazing .

Shawn Murphy

Eric McCambly I agree I remember the first time I heard it one of the best✌️😊🎼

Carol Raisor

This makes me proud to be from Kentucky!!! Yee Haw!!!

Deborah chesser

Knox Co. here! Prettiest damn country you’ll ever lay your eyes on.

2kMafia

Hell yea bullitt co here

lemmy kilmister

AMEN!!! Menifee county here

Dallas Marshall

have you ever been up in a holler,have you ever hyeard?

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