Joe Hill

Melody -

Alfred Hayes

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" says he. :|

"In Salt Lake, Joe, by God" says I,
Him standing by my bed
"They framed you on a murder charge"
|: 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." :|
  And standing there as big as life,
And smiling with his eyes
Joe says "What they forgot to kill
|: Went on to organise." :|

"Joe Hill ain't dead" he says to me,
"Joe Hill ain't never died
Where workingmen are out on strike
|: Joe Hill is at their side." :|

From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill,
Where workers strike and organise,
|: Says he "You'll find Joe Hill." :|

On 19th November, 1915, a young Swedish immigrant named Joseph Hillstrom was executed by a Utah firing squad on a phoney murder charge. Joe Hill, as he was known to workers throughout the west was a union organiser and songwriter. His last words were "Don't mourn for me, organise!"

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