The Charge on Mother Jones (Utah Phillips)

“The Charge on Mother Jones” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Charge on Mother Jones” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Performer: Utah Phillips.
Lyrics: William M. Rogers.
Tune: Mark Ross.


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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