That song was the theme for the TV show, Tour of Duty. Tour of Duty is/was the definitive depiction of the Vietnam war, and the contemporary songs and music were as much a character as were the protagonists. The American version on DVD replaced all the music with generic crap to avoid paying royalties, but the original score is still on the Australian version playable on a Region 0 DVD player. (The player costs less than the DVD set, $45 from Amazon, and the DVDs xan be ordered from Amazon AU.)Beady, that's funny, but seriously, I'm closer than you might think. There are many transplants from West Virginia in and around Baltimore. Coal mines have been turning to automation for many years, they have to go somewhere to find work. Fracking has only made the problem even worse by lowering the cost of natural gas. Pollute the air or pollute the ground water, take your pick. Personally I'd like to see more investment in technology to reduce coal emissions and pay a few more dollars for my electric bill.
I seldom if ever see coal barges in the Chesapeake any more. We use to load 3-4 of them a day sometimes, destined for power plants when I was a coal sampler.
We sold out and turned our back on West Virginia and other coal producing areas, just like we did Detroit. Use them up and throw them aside. That's what happens when only greed controls capitalism.
As for the drug problem, the labs are in rural areas because that shit stinks, but the "tweakers" are everywhere.
This song fits, if you think about it.
I'm a city boy, but I love West Virginia. It has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's one of those places Everybody should see.
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