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May Day - Workers' Day

Today is also a day to remember the men and women who fought for union rights and the rights of workers. And those who are still doing so.

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.
"In Salt Lake, Joe," says I to him,
him standing by my bed,
"They framed you on a murder charge,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead."
"The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
they shot you Joe" says I.
"Takes more than guns to kill a man"
Says Joe "I didn't die"
Says Joe "I didn't die"
And standing there as big as life
and smiling with his eyes.
Says Joe "What they can never kill
went on to organize,
went on to organize"
From San Diego up to Maine,
in every mine and mill,
where working-men defend their rights,
it's there you find Joe Hill,
it's there you find Joe Hill!
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.
Alfred Hayes

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explodingalice
May. 1st, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
What a great poem! I had a Labor Relations professor in college who loved union/labor poetry and folk songs - I bet he'd love that!
kairon13
May. 1st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'd be surprised if he doesn't know it - it's a classic. (Joan Baez sang it at Woodstock.)
coffeeaddict3
May. 2nd, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me of the men and women that fought for my wages and benefits. I am ashamed to say that I often take them for granted.
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