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Postwar Progressive and Protest Songs

Union Maid

- Woody Guthrie

There once was a union maid, Who never was afraid
Of the goons and gink and the company finks
And the deputy sheriffs that made the raids
She went to the Union hall, When a meeting it was called
And when the company boys came around
She always stood her ground

(Chorus)
Oh you can't scare me, I'm a stickin' to the union (X3)
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm stickin' to the union
Till the day I die


This union maid was wise to the tricks of the company spies
She couldn't be fooled by the company's stools
She'd always organize, She'd always get her way
When she struck for higher pay
She'd show her card to the company guards
And this is what she'd say

We modern union maids, are also not afraid
To walk the line, leave jobs behind,
We're not just the ladies' aide,
We'll fight for equal pay, And we will get our way
We're workers too, the same as you,
and we'll fight the union way

A woman's struggle is hard, Even with a union card
She's got to stand on her own two feet
And not be a servant of the male elite
It's time to take a stand, working hand in hand
There is a job that's got to be done,
and a fight that's got to be won


This Land is Your Land

- Woody Guthrie

This Land is Your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
this land was made for you and me

I've roamed and rambled, and followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me, a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheatfields waving, and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting
This land was made for you and me

One bright Sunday morning in the shadows of the steeple
By the relief office, I seen my people
As they stood there hungry, I stood there whistling
this land was made for you and me

I've roamed and rambled, and I've followed the beer cans
To the toxic cities, from the poisoned farmlands
And all around me, were billboards reading
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking I saw a sign there
And on that sign it said "no trespassin'"
But on the other side it didn't say nothin'
That side was made for you and me

Imagine

- John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Aha

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
No things to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace yu-huh

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the word will be one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world y-huh

You may say
and the word will live as one


Source:

Scanned by: J. S. Arkenberg, Dept. of History, Cal. State Fullerton. Prof. Arkenberg has modernized the text.


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© Paul Halsall, July 1998
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