Well, the bills are all due and the babies needs shoes, we're busted We've had a hard time since they closed down the mines, we're busted Got a cow that's gone dry and a hen that won't lay A big stack of bills that get bigger each day Tomorrow they'll haul our belongings away, we're busted
Well, our friends are all leavin' this ol' mining town, we're busted They're headin' up north where there's work to be found and trusted Lord, I hate to give up this acre of land It's been in the family since minin' began But babies get hungry, they don't understand we're busted We're busted, yes, we're busted We're headin' up north and we ain't coming back, we're busted
I called brother John, thought I'd ask for a loan, we was busted Lord, I had to beg like a dog for a bone, but we're busted Brother John lost his job and his rent's overdue His wife and his kids are all down with the flu He said, "I was thinkin' of callin' on you, I'm busted"
Lord no, my old man's no thief, but a good man turns bad when he's busted My babies ain't well and it's drivin' me mad 'cause we're busted Gonna sell that ol' Guernsey and give up this shack Come on now children, help mama get packed
We're headin' up north and we ain't comin' back, we're busted We're busted, yes we're busted We're headin' up north and we ain't coming back, we're busted