The Death of Harry Simms (Jim Garland and Aunt Molly Jackson)

“The Death of Harry Simms” Sheet Music (pdf) Version 1.
“The Death of Harry Simms” Karaoke (midi with lyrics) Version 1.
“The Death of Harry Simms” Sheet Music (pdf) Version 2.
“The Death of Harry Simms” Karaoke (midi with lyrics) Version 2.

Lyrics: Jim Garland and Aunt Molly Jackson.
Tune: Jim Garland and Aunt Molly Jackson.


Comrades, listen to my story; Comrades, listen to my song.
I will tell you of a hero that now is dead and gone.
I will tell you of a young boy, whose age was just nineteen.
He was the strongest union man that I have ever seen.

Harry Simms was a pal of mine. We labored side by side,
Expecting to be shot on sight or taken for a ride
By the dirty cap’t’list gun thugs that roam from town to town
To shoot and kill our Comrades wherever they may be found.

Harry Simms and I were parted at five o’clock that day.
“Be careful, my dear Comrade,” to Harry I did say.
“I must do my duty,” was his reply to me.
“If I get killed by gun thugs, don’t grieve after me.”

Harry Simms was walking up the track this bright sunshiny day.
He was a youth of courage. His step was light and gay.
We did not know the gun thugs were hiding on the way
To kill our dear young Comrade this bright sunshiny day.

Harry Simms was killed on Brush Creek in 1932.
He organized the Y. C. L., also the N. M. U.
He gave his life in struggle. That was all that he could do.
He died to save the union, also for me and you.

Comrades, we must vow today. This one thing we must do.
We must organize all the miners in the dear old N. M. U.
And get a million volunteers into the Y. C. L.
And sink this Rotten System in the deepest pits of Hell.


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