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 Comrades, where'er they may be found


Harry Simms and I were parted at five o'clock that day

"Be careful, my dear Comrade," to Harry I did say

"I must do my duty" was his reply to me

"If I get killed by gun thugs, don't grieve after me"


Harry Simms was walking up the track this bright, sunshiny day

He was a youth of courage, his step was light and gay

We did not know the gun thugs was hiding on the way

To kill our dear young Comrade this bright, sunshiny day


Harry Simms was killed on Bush Creek in Nineteen-Thirty-Two

He organized the Y.C.L., also the N.M.U.

He gave his life in struggle, that was all that he could do

He died to save the union, also for me and you


Comrades, we must vow today, this is one thing we must do

Must organize the miners in the dear old N.M.U.

And get a million volunteers into the Y.C.L.

And sink this rotten system in the deepest pits of Hell