Below is a video that allows you to listen to an obscure song that takes a humorous approach to an Eastern Kentucky coal miner’s pursuit of black lung benefits.
The song “Lord Help Me Get My Black Lung Check” is performed by Paul Williams. It was released in March 1975 as a 45 on Jewell Records, which was based out of Mt. Healthy, OH (a suburb of Cincinnati).
The song is meant to recount the prayer of a miner named Lucious. The chorus goes: “I’ve got social security and a miner’s pension too, and them food stamps they help to see me through. But I’m a-hoping and a-praying, but I ain’t got it yet. Lord help me get my black lung check.”
I hope that ole’ Lucious from Grapevine, Kentucky got his in this world or the next.