Monday, March 16, 2009

I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night

Words by Alfred Hayes; melody, Earl Robinson
Rise Up Singing chapter: Work, p.256
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The Songs of Joe Hill:
Joe Hill on Wikipedia:
The AFL-CIO's Joe Hill Biography:

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" says he (2x)

"In Salt Lake, Joe" I said to him, standing by my bed
"They framed you on a murder charge"
Says Joe "But I ain't dead" (2x)

"The copper bosses shot you, Joe. They killed you, Joe" says I
"Takes more than guns to kill a man"
Says Joe "I didn't die" (2x)

And standing there as big as life, and smiling with his eyes
Joe says "What they could never kill
Went on to organize" (2x)

"Joe Hill ain't dead" he says to me "Joe Hill ain't never died
When workers strike and organize
Joe Hill is by their side" (2x)

From San Diego up to Maine, in every mine and mill
Where workers stand up for their rights
It's there you'll find Joe Hill (2x)

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