Today for the Song of the Week, we have a new one from Charles Wesley Godwin called “Miner Imperfections.”
From his just-released major label debut album Family Ties, the song was co-written by CWG and Zach McCord, and focuses on lessons Charles learned from his coal miner father.
In my opinion, it’s the epitome and perfect example of what this album means and the overarching theme of the importance of family and roots, and the first verse and chorus sums it up so beautifully.
Charles admits that there were many times growing up that he didn’t exactly know what his dad was thinking or how he felt about things, and he had no clue how hard his father was working and fighting for his family.
While certainly far from perfect, with plenty of “miner imperfections,” he was a glowing example of a father and man regardless of his shortcomings:
“Wasn’t one to talk much when we pulled off to school I could never tell what’s running through his mind It’d be three more hours until those halls are full But long walls don’t run on nine to five I didn’t get it then, every day that man would fight To punch the clock and make it home alive
He’s got miner imperfections, blame it on his roots Calluses on his hands, coal dust on his boots He’s not one for conversation when there’s work to do Papaw said get paid in cash, company scrip’s a noose Them city folks would shame him if he let them But he’s proud of his miner imperfections”
Family Ties is a truly great record from top to bottom and well worth your time to dive into, but this is the perfect place to start and one of the easy standouts on the 19-song tracklist.
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“Miner Imperfections” was also featured on the Whiskey Riff New Music Friday Playlist, along with tons of other great new releases from this past week in country music.
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