The Ballad of Barney Graham (Della Mae Graham)

“The Ballad of Barney Graham” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Ballad of Barney Graham” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Della Mae Graham.
Tune: Della Mae Graham


On April the 30th in 1933,
Upon the streets of Wilder, they shot him brave and free.

They shot my darling father; he fell upon the ground.
’Twas in the back they shot him: the blood came streaming down.

They took the pistol handles and beat him on the head.
The hired gunmen beat him till he was cold and dead.

When he left home that morning, I thought he’d soon return.
But for my darling father, my heart shall ever yearn.

We carried him to the graveyard, and there we lay him down
To sleep in death for many a year in the cold and sodden ground.

Although he left the union he tried so hard to build,
His blood was spilled for justice, and justice guides us still.


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