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David Schirm (b. 1945), Howe Town Tune, 1983; mixed media on paper, 22 3/8 x 30 3/8 inches; Courtesy of the Artist

David Schirm (b. 1945), Howe Town Tune, 1983; mixed media on paper, 22 3/8 x 30 3/8 inches; Courtesy of the Artist

There ain’t no silicosis silly miner

 And there ain’t no black lung neither

 That pain in your chest

 Was placed there to give you rest

 There ain’t no silicosis silly miner

 You don’t have nansty rheumatism

 Don’t blame it on a coal seam’s prison

 If your life’s a bit short it’s the booze that you snort

 There ain’t no silicosis silly miner