You Gotta Go Down (Woody Guthrie and Ray Elbourn)

“You Gotta Go Down” Sheet Music (pdf).
“You Gotta Go Down” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Woody Guthrie and Ray Elbourn.
Tune: “Lonesome Valley.”


You’ve got to go down and join the union.
You’ve got to join it for yourself.
There ain’t nobody gonna join it for you.
You’ve got to go down and join the union for yourself.

Sister’s got to go down and join the union.
She’s got to join it for herself.
There ain’t nobody gonna join it for her.
She’s got to go down and join the union for herself.

Brother’s got to go down and join the union.
He’s got to join it for himself.
There ain’t nobody gonna join it for him.
He’s got to go down and join the union for himself.

There is a road that leads to victory,
To shorter hours and higher pay;
Nobody here’s gonna hand it to us.
We’ve got to fight for it every day.

And when the road gets rough and rocky,
And the hills get steep and high,
We can sing as we go marching,
And we’ll win our one big union by and by.

Everybody’s goin’ down to join the union.
They’ve got to join it for themselves.
There ain’t nobody gonna join it for them.
They’ve got to go down and join the union for themselves.


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