John Golden and the Lawrence Strike

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Melody - "A Little Talk With Jesus"
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Joe Hill

In Lawrence, when the starving masses
Struck for more to eat
And wooden-headed Wood
He tried the strikers to defeat,
To Sammy Gompers wrote
And asked him what he thought,
And this is just the answer
That the mailman brought:
Chorus:
A little talk with Golden
Makes it right, all right;
He'll settle any strike,
If there's coin in sight;
Just take him up to dine
And everything is fine--
A little talk with Golden
Makes it right, all right.

2. The preachers, cops and money-kings
Were working hand in hand,
The boy in blue, with stars and stripes
Were sent by Uncle Sam;
Still things were looking blue,
'Cause every striker knew
That weaving cloth with bayonets
Is hard to do.
Chorus:

3. John Golden had with Mr. Wood
A private interview,
He told him how to bust up
The "I double double U."
He came out in a while
And wore the Golden smile.
He said: "I've got all labor leaders
Skinned a mile."
Chorus:

4. John Golden pulled a bogus strike
With all his "pinks and stools."
He thought the rest would follow
Like a bunch of crazy fools.
But to his great surprise
The "foreigners" were wise,
In one big solid union
They were organized.
Chorus:
That's one time Golden did not
Make it right, all right;
In spite of all his schemes
The strikers won the fight.
When all the workers stand
United hand in hand,
The world with all its wealth
Will be at their command.

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