The Union Buster (Paul McKenna)

“The Union Buster” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Union Buster” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Paul McKenna.
Tune: “Oh! Susanna.”


Well, now, let me introduce myself.
Jack Shyster is my name.
I’m a management consultant.
Union busting is my game.
I’m a master of the con job.
I’m an expert at the hoax.
And I make my living stealing bread
From the mouths of working folks.

I’m a union buster,
The bosses’ trusted aide.
I help keep their employees
Overworked and underpaid.

In the old days, we used gun thugs;
We used ginks and finks and goons.
Nowadays, we use fancy words
But sing the same old tune,
Pitting folks against each other,
Spreading hatred, fear, and lies,
Cutting down the hopes of workers
Who rise up and organize.

I’m a union buster,
The bosses’ trusted aide.
I help keep their employees
Overworked and underpaid.

There’s no tactic I won’t stoop to;
There’s no trick I haven’t tried
To manipulate the workers
And to keep them petrified.
Texas Instruments, McDonald’s,
Litton Industries, Coors Beer….
I’m the one that they depend on
To maintain their reign of fear.

I’m a union buster,
The bosses’ trusted aide.
I help keep their employees
Overworked and underpaid.

Jack London tells the story:
God was working in His lab
And, with some hateful substance,
He made my good friend, the scab.
Well, God gave some of that awful stuff
A graduate degree;
He dressed it in a three-piece suit,
And that’s how God made me.

I’m a union buster,
The bosses’ trusted aide.
I help keep their employees
Overworked and underpaid.


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