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is from a saying my dad often used. He never saw real money. He was constantly in debt to the coal company. When shopping was needed, dad would go to a little win­dow and draw little brass tokens against his account. They could only be spent at the company store. His humorous expression was, 1 can't afford to die. I owe my soul to the company store.'" Added a friend: maybe the song strikes home to Americans "because we all live on credit and owe our souls to some sort of company store."
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III