UAW-CIO (Baldwin “Butch” Hawes and Bess Lomax Hawes)

“UAW-CIO” Sheet Music (pdf).
“UAW-CIO” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Baldwin “Butch” Hawes and Bess Lomax Hawes.
Tune: Baldwin “Butch” Hawes and Bess Lomax Hawes.


I was standing round a defense town one day
When I thought I overheard a soldier say,
Ev’ry tank in our camp has that UAW stamp,
And I’m UAW, too, I’m proud to say.”

It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go,
Turning out the jeeps and tanks and airplanes ev’ryday.
It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go:
Puts wheels on the USA.

I was there when the union came to town;
I was there when old Henry Ford went down;
I was standing by Gate Four when I heard the people roar,
“They ain’t gonna kick the autoworkers around.”

It’s the UAW-CIO. makes the army roll and go,
Turning out the jeeps and tanks and airplanes ev’ryday.
It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go:
Puts wheels on the USA.

I was there on that cold December day,
When we heard about Pearl Harbor far away;
I was down in Cadillac Square when the union rallied there.
To put those plans for pleasure cars away.

It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go,
Turning out the jeeps and tanks and airplanes ev’ryday.
It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go:
Puts wheels on the USA.

There’ll be a union label in Berlin
When those union boys in uniform march in,
And rolling in the ranks there’ll be UAW tanks:
Roll Hitler out and roll the union in.

It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go,
Turning out the jeeps and tanks and airplanes ev’ryday.
It’s the UAW-CIO makes the army roll and go:
Puts wheels on the USA.


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