Bethlehem Steel

Nanci Griffith


A child was born in Bethlehem
The son of a steel worker union man
He grew up tall and he grew up strong
And when he came of age
All the steel was gone

Go to China
To Vietnam
There's no more steel left in Bethlehem
There's no more steel left in Bethlehem

He wants gold
There's no more steel left in Bethlehem
Save our souls
'Cause there's no more steel left in Bethlehem

A reckless kid wants to use his hands
He's got a real quick trigger and some new demands
He grew so fast, and he grew so free
And when he comes around, he finds there's no more steel

So shaken
To his knees
He's got the same old rocket and a new disease
And he won't take it
On his neck
He's got the red-hot whiskey
He's got no respect

He wants gold
There's no more steel left in Bethlehem
Save our souls
'Cause there's no more steel left in Bethlehem

Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

He wants gold
There's no more steel left in Bethlehem
Save our souls
'Cause there's no more steel left in Bethlehem

You can put your faith in the government
But there's no more steel left in Bethlehem
Try to get them back, try for reckoning
But there's no more steel left in Bethlehem

He wants gold

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