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Ralph Chaplin

"Joe Hill in Jail" (karaoke)

"Joe Hill in Jail" (sheet music)


A rebel we have know far long, who's thrilled us often with his song,
Has fallen on an evil day: they seek to take his life away!

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

They'd fill his warrior heart with lead and gloat to see him safely dead:
His voice forever hushed and still, our singing, fighting brave Joe Hill!

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

His spirit gloried in the fight: in Labor's sure resistless might;
And One Big Union, staunch and strong: this was the burden of his song.

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

His heart was hot with burning hate against the bosses, small and great;
He told what haughty Sab-cats do, and all about the wooden shoe.

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

The "long-haired preachers" feared his name; he filled apologists with shame:
While "Mister Block" so bland and meek, with "Scissor-bill" did take a sneak.

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

Now, boys, we've known this rebel long; in every land, we've sung his song;
Let's get him free that he may see the day of our great victory!

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

He made them hate him high and low; they feared his tuneful message so;
He'd fight for us while he had breath; we'll save him from the jaws of death!

No harm to him can we allow; he needs our help and he needs it now;
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; he fought for us; we will stand by him.

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