Pesky Kritters (Elmer Rumbaugh)

“Pesky Kritters” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Pesky Kritters” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Elmer Rumbaugh.
Tune: “Arrah Wanna.”


To the North Dakota harvest, came the Wobbly band,
Singing songs of revolution—One Big Union grand.
Farmer John, he sat and cussed ’em—called ’em pesky tramps
Just because they would not work by the light of carbide lamps.

We want more coin. That’s why we join
One Big Union Grand—the pork chops for to land.
And Farmer John may cuss and rare and loudly rave and tear his hair.
But one thing, understand: for shorter hours and better wages, we united stand.

Now, fellow workers all together, let us organize
Into One Big Fighting Union! When will you get wise?
Can’t you see the bosses rob you of your daily bread?
They half starve you—pay bum wages—a haystack for your bed.

We want more coin. That’s why we join
One Big Union Grand—the pork chops for to land.
And Farmer John may cuss and rare and loudly rave and tear his hair.
But one thing, understand: for shorter hours and better wages, we united stand.


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