I Am a Union Woman 

Aunt Molly Jackson

"I Am a Union Woman" (karaoke)

"I Am a Union Woman" (sheet music)

I am a union woman

As brave as I can be

I do not like the bosses

And the bosses don't like me

Join the N.M.U.

Come and join the N.M.U.

Join the N.M.U.

Come and join the N.M.U.

 

I was raised in old Kentucky

Kentucky borned and bred

And when I joined the union

Well, they called me a "Rooshian Red"

Join the N.M.U.

Come and join the N.M.U.

Join the N.M.U.

Come and join the N.M.U.

 

My husband asked the…

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Aunt Molly Jackson 

Aunt Molly Jackson (1880-1960) was a midwife, singer/songwriter, and union organizer from Kentucky.

“When people ask Aunt Molly Jackson, born Mary Magdalene Garland, whether she’s English or Irish, she smiles and her kindly gray eyes grow misty. ‘I’m neither,’ she says. ‘I’m a ‘mixtry’ of joy and sorrow.’ It’s mostly sorrow, but Aunt Molly doesn’t add that. ‘The Brave Hero of Kentucky,’ they call her in her mountains. Aunt Molly lives in Bell County, Kentucky, ‘where men starve, and the hands of…

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The Murder of Harry Simms 

Jim Garland

"The Murder of Harry Simms" (karaoke)

"The Murder of Harry Simms" (sheet music)

Comrades, listen to my story, Comrades, listen to my song

I'll tell you of a hero, who now is dead and gone

I'll tell you of a young boy, whose age was just nineteen

He was the bravest union man that I have ever seen

 

Harry Simms was a pal of mine, we labored side by side

Expecting to be shot on sight or taken for a ride

By the coal bosses’ gun thugs that roam from town to town

To shoot and kill our…

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A Fool There Was 

Joseph Brandon

"A Fool There Was" (karaoke)

"A Fool There Was" (sheet music)

A fool there was and he had no job

Even as you and I

And he didn't want to steal or rob

Even as you and I

And so each day he thinner grew

He tightened his belt a notch or two

'Til it nearly cut him right in two

Even as you and I

 

He voted for what he thought was change

Even as you and I

When nothing did he thought it strange

Even as you and I

But though the promises lost their shine

He couldn't help thinking it…

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I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow 

Sarah Ogan Gunning

"I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow" (karaoke)

"I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow" (sheet music)

I am a girl of constant sorrow

I've seen trouble all my days

I bid farewell to old Kentucky

The place where I was borned and raised

The place where she was borned and raised

 

My mother, how I hated to leave her

Mother dear, who now is dead

But I had to go and leave her

So my children could have bread

So my children could have bread

 

Well, our clothes are always ragged

And our feet…

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There Is Mean Things Happening in This Land 

John Handcox

"There Is Mean Things Happening in This Land" (karaoke)

"There Is Mean Things Happening in This Land" (sheet music)

There is mean things happening in this land

There is mean things happening in this land

Oh, the rich man boasts and brags

While the poor man goes in rags

There is mean things happening in this land.

 

There is mean things happening in this land

There is mean things happening in this land

Oh, the farmer cannot eat

'Cause he's raised too much wheat

There is mean…

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Come All You Coal Miners 

Sarah Ogan Gunning

"Come All You Coal Miners" (karaoke)

"Come All You Coal Miners" (sheet music)

Come all you coal miners wherever you may be

And listen to a story that I'll relate to thee

My name is nothing extry, but the truth to you I'll tell

I am a coal miner's wife, I'm sure I wish you well.

 

Coal mining is the most dangerous work in our land today

With plenty of dirty slavin' work and very little pay

Coal miners, won't you wake up, open your eyes, and see

What the dirty cap't'list…

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Toiling on Life's Pilgrim Pathway 

Ella May Wiggins

"Toiling on Life's Pilgrim Pathway" (karaoke)

"Toiling on Life's Pilgrim Pathway" (sheet music)

Toiling on life's pilgrim pathway

Wheresoever you may be

It will help your fellow workers

If you will join the I.L.D.

 

Come and join the I.L.D.

Yeah, come and join the I.L.D.

It will help to win the victory

Yeah, if you will join the I.L.D.

 

When the bosses cut your wages

And you toil the labor free

Come and join the textile union

Also join the I.L.D.

 

Come and join the…

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The Mill Mother's Song 

Ella May Wiggins

"The Mill Mother's Song" (karaoke)

"The Mill Mother's Song" (sheet music)

We leave our homes in the morning

We kiss our children goodbye

While we slave for the bosses

Our children scream and cry

And when we draw our money

Our grocery bills to pay

Not a cent to spend for clothing

Not a cent to lay away

And on that very evening

Our little son will say

"I need some shoes, dear mother,

And so does sister, May.

 

How it grieves the heart of a mother

You everyone must know

But…

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