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Heroes of the Cold War
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December 31, 2010
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Bitrate: 128 kbps. Runtime: 3:30. File size: 3.21 MB.
Writer (words/music)
Tom Neilson
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Tom Neilson
Story behind the song
Workers at the nuclear weapons facility in Paducah, KY have been dying of cancer for many years. Joe Harding was exhumed by his wife and his body was discovered to be laced with uranium. Bill Clinton sent Bill Richardson to Paducah to give the dead and the dying an award. They were called "Heroes Of the Cold War." I am told that Richardson gave Mrs. Harding a plaque and that she gave it back to him.
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They dug Joe Harding out of the ground. Exhumed his bones and uranium found. Paducah, KY’s nuke factory Radioactive in the cemetery. 18 years of uranium dust caked on his skin On his teeth formed a crust. Cancer in his stomach, perforated his lungs All of the workers are dying too young. He spoke to the bosses of uranium air The Feds denied any poisons were there Union Carbide, Lockheed-Martin agree That it’s safe to make nuclear WMDs. They dug Joe Harding out of the ground. Exhumed his bones and uranium found. Paducah, KY’s nuke factory Radioactive in the cemetery. Their bodies were sick with plutonium grams The Feds said was from eating that Kentucky ham. Fernald, Ohio, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, All getting sick on ham from Kentucky. They dug Joe Harding out of the ground. Exhumed his bones and uranium found. Paducah, KY’s nuke factory Radioactive in the cemetery. Bill Richardson came to honor the dead. To Paducah, KY, Mr. Energy said To the dead and the dying he gave an award. Called ‘em Heroes Of The Cold War. They dug Joe Harding out of the ground Exhumed his bones and uranium found Not Kentucky ham that was deep in his core. He’s a hero of the cold war. They dug Joe Harding out of the ground. Exhumed his bones and uranium found. Paducah, KY’s nuke factory Radioactive in the cemetery.