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Rita MacNeil Songs: 'Working Man,' More Hits (LYRICS, VIDEOS)

04/17/2013 08:50 EDT | Updated 04/17/2013 08:50 EDT
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Singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil has died at the age of 68, leaving a legacy of song and television specials that will be fondly remembered for years.

MacNeil's breakthrough came late in life, in 1987, when was awarded her first Juno Award for "most promising female vocalist" at the age of 42. That year, her album Flying On Your Own went platinum, The Canadian Press reports.

These are a few of her biggest hits. Select lyrics below:

Rita MacNeil's Greatest Hits

Working Man (lyrics):

Chorus

It’s a working man l am

And I’ve been down under ground

And I swear to God if ever see the sun

Or for any length of time

I can hold it in my mind

I never again will go down under ground

At the age of sixteen years

Oh he quarrels with his peers

Who vowed they’d never see another one

In the dark recess of the mines

Where you age before your time

And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs

Chorus

At the age of sixty-four

Oh he'll greet you at the door

And he'll gently lead you by the arm

Through the dark recess of the mines

Oh he'll take you back in time

And he'll tell you of the hardships that were had

Chorus

(Repeat Chorus)

(Repeat Chorus)

God I never again will go down under ground

Flying On Your Own (lyrics)

You were never more strong girl

You were never more alone

Once there was two, now there's just you

Your flying on your own

You were never more happy girl

You were never oh so blue

Once heartaches begin, nobody wins

Your flying on your own

And when you know the wings you ride

Can keep you in the sky

There isn't anyone holding back you

First you stumble, then you fall

You reach out and you fly

There isn't anything that you can't do

You were never more wise girl

You were never more a fool

Once you break through, its all up to you

Your flying on your own

You were never more together

You were never more apart

Once pieces of you, were all that you knew

Your flying on your own

And when you know the wings you ride

Can keep you in the sky

There isn't anyone holding back you

First you stumble, then you fall

You reach out and you fly

There isn't anything that you can't do

And when you know the wings you ride

Can keep you in the sky

There isn't anyone holding back you

First you stumble, then you fall

You reach out and you fly

There isn't anything that you can't do