Daddy Worked the High Steel

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My daddy worked the high steel
With the wind and the weld and the climb
Red Wing boots with his jeans tucked in
At work or on a picket line

When that work bell rang
He answered every time
Daddy worked the high steel
His daddy worked the line

Said he was a greaser
Jamming Jerry Lee in his ’55
The war’d been won he was an only son
The town felt so alive

Met the girl he’d marry
At the grill by the dime and five
Got a union card
Had a car to drive

I learned from him
Working ain’t no sin
It was working folks who built your town
Whatever town you’re in

Lost their hearing to clanging beams
Or the shrieking shop floor whine
Daddy worked the high steel
His daddy worked the line

When times get tough
As times will do
Like a MIckey Lolich fastball riding up and in
To make the count 2 and 2

He always digs back in
That’s all there is to do
He’ll stand for me
And he’d do the same for you

So you can quote Ayn Rand
Promise that you’ll take us back in time
You can open up a factory
Turning bible quotes into campaign lines

But mister if you’re wondering
Why I don’t believe you when you’re lying
My daddy worked the high steel
His daddy worked the line
On it goes
And everybody knows
It was working folks who built this land
It didn’t sprout from a pot of gold

So forgive me, Mr. Banker
If I don’t hear you when you’re crying
My daddy worked the high steel
His daddy worked the line


I ain’t smart
But I’ll tell you what I know
You ever try and tell my old man what to do
He’s gonna tell you where to go

He’s got love in his heart
And steel in his spine
Daddy worked the high steel
His daddy worked the line

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from Big Car Town, released February 23, 2016

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