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Utah Phillips

"The Charge on Mother Jones" (karaoke)

"The Charge on Mother Jones" (sheet music)

The patriotic soldiers came marching down the pike,

Prepared to shoot and slaughter in the Colorado strike;

With whisky in their bellies and vengeance in their souls,

They prayed that God would help them shoot the miners full of holes.


In front of these brave soldiers loomed a sight you seldom see:

A white-haired, rebel woman whose age was eighty-three.

"Charge!" cried the valiant captain in awful, thunder tones,

And the patriotic soldiers charged and captured Mother Jones.


'Tis great to be a soldier with a musket in your hand,

Ready for any bloody work the lords of earth command;

'Tis great to shoot a miner and hear his dying groans,

But never was such glory as that charge on Mother Jones!

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