Union Maid (Woody Guthrie and Nancy Katz)

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

Lyrics: Woody Guthrie and Nancy Katz.
Tune: “Red Wing.”


There once was a union maid.
She never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks
And the deputy sheriffs that maid the raid.
She went to the union hall
When a meeting it was called.
And when the company boys came ’round,
She always stood her ground.

No, you can’t scare me! I’m sticking to the union!
I’m sticking to the union! I’m sticking to the union!
Oh, you can’t scare me! I’m sticking to the union!
I’m sticking to the union till the day I die.

This union maid was wise
To the tricks of company spies.
She couldn’t be fooled by company stools.
She’d always organize the guys.
She’d always get her way
When she struck for higher pay.
She’d show her card to the National Guard,
And this is what she’d say:

No, you can’t scare me! I’m sticking to the union!
I’m sticking to the union! I’m sticking to the union!
Oh, you can’t scare me! I’m sticking to the union!
I’m sticking to the union till the day I die.

A woman’s struggle is hard [You girls who want to be free]
Even with a union card, [Just take a tip from me.]
She’s got to stand on her own two feet [Get you a man who’s a union man]
And not be a servant of a male elite. [And join the Ladies’ Auxiliary.]
It’s time to take a stand, [Married life ain’t hard]
Keep working hand in hand. [When you’ve got a union card.]
There is a job that’s got to be done [A union man has a happy life]
And a fight that’s got to be won. [When he’s got a union wife.]

No, you can’t scare me! I’m sticking to the union!
I’m sticking to the union! I’m sticking to the union!
Oh, you can’t scare me! I’m sticking to the union!
I’m sticking to the union till the day I die.


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