Jimmy Rose – Coal Keeps the Lights on Video and Lyrics

Jimmy Rose – Coal Keeps the Lights on Video

Jimmy Rose – Coal Keeps the Lights On Lyrics


“Coal Keeps the Lights On” by Jimmy Rose Lyrics

Verse 1:

He pulls in that ole’ Chevy from a second shift.
Mama’s still sleeping, kids still crashed down on the couch.
He goes on the backdoor; he don’t wanna wake them up.
So he wipes the coal dust off his face and hits his knees.
He says, “Lord, I want to thank you for everything.
And the strength you give me to make it day by day.”


Coal keeps the lights on.
My hometown keeps food on the spoon in my youngin’s mouth.
Tires on the truck and a sundress on my baby girl.
Coal keeps the bills paid, the clothes on the backs,
and shoes on the feet in the high school halls of the Mountain Lions
and the Bill County Bobcats on the hill.

Verse 2:

They went plumb down crazy in Washington.
They’re talking about closing the mines.
They’re gonna bleed us all dry from the inside out.
They don’t care that much about the little man or the calloused hands.
It’s a way of life ‘round, just like it’s always been.

(Refrain repeated)


If I get the chance to stand one day,
And name the things to me that I’m most proud of,
Well, I hope one day I can say, that coal kept the lights on.
My hometown keeps food on the spoon in my youngin’s mouth.
Tires on the truck and a sundress on my baby girl.
Coal kept the bills paid, the clothes on the backs,
and shoes on the feet in the high school halls of the Mountain Lions
and the Bill County Bobcats on the hill.
I hope I can say that coal kept the lights on.

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16 comments… add one
  • Gaylene Thompson August 8, 2013, 5:43 pm Reply

    YOU have the voice, & you are very talented!! You are our next, country singer!!! I can feel it!!! I live in Elizabethtown, KY..next to our soldiers in Ft Knox—i hope u can come to Ft Knox & sing!!!

  • Gaylene Thompson August 8, 2013, 5:44 pm Reply


  • Felicity voorheis August 8, 2013, 5:59 pm Reply

    Such a great song! Love it! You definitely have a singing career ahead of you! I’m sure someone will grab you up and offer you a deal! My family is voting for you! God Bless the coal miners and our troops!

  • brenda hogate August 8, 2013, 6:07 pm Reply

    I just want to say i think Jimmy Rose is awesome!! As i set and listened to his song, tears were streaming down my face. When a singer can touch a heart well that makes for a wonderful singer. cant wait to here more of him.

  • Lesli Oliphant August 9, 2013, 1:58 am Reply

    Wow I sure hope someone signs him! he the next big thing!

  • Angela M. Stidham August 14, 2013, 11:39 pm Reply

    I am completely awe inspired by Marty Brown on America’s Got Talent this season! Marty Brown has a big heart that is full of emotion and passion when he sings! America has not experienced this type of passion, heart and emotion since Rod Stewart first came into the rock-n-roll music scene. It is high time that country music had a great country star that sung with pure heart and raw emotion! Country music has found that in Marty Brown! I love to listen to a singer sing with meaning to the words to the lyrics they sing! This is what Marty does with every song he sings and writes. His voice and words comes deep from within his big heart and soul! That combination America is the recipe for a SUPERSTAR!! I predict that MARTY BROWN will be the next winner of America’s Got Talent 2013!! I further predict that he will be the BIGGEST COUNTRY STAR EVER!! Team Marty Brown all the way to the top baby!!!

  • Jim August 19, 2013, 2:05 am Reply

    If Washington doesn’t like coal, and all the electricity it produces, let the set in the dark and freeze their collective asses off!

  • Angel September 18, 2013, 1:16 am Reply

    Gives me chills! Such a amazing song and voice

  • charlotte hicks September 21, 2013, 2:01 am Reply

    love the song coal kept the light on four my mom and you will be country music singer you have the voice

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    I love this song, he has an amazing voice, i cried when i watched the video

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