Fighting the Machine

Fighting the Machine - The Ludlow Massacre Woody Guthrie...

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“The Ludlow Massacre,” Woody Guthrie, 1944 It was early Springtime and the strike was on They drove us miners out of doors Out from the houses that the company owned We moved into tents up at old Ludlow I was worried bad about my children Soldiers guarding the railroad bridge Every once in a while a bullet would fly Kick up gravel under my feet We was so afraid you d kill our children Dug us a cave that was seven-foot deep Carried our young ones and a pregnant woman Down inside the cave to sleep That very night you soldiers waited Till all us miners was asleep You snucked around our little tent town Soaked our tents with your kerosene You struck a match and the blaze it started You pulled the triggers of your gatling guns I made a run for the children but a fire wall stopped me Thirteen children died from your guns I carried my blanket to a wire-fenced corner Watched the fire till the blaze died down I helped some people drag their belongings While your bullets killed us all around I never will forget the look on the faces Of the men and women that awful day When we stood around to preach their funerals And lay the corpse of the dead away We told the Colorado governor to phone the president Tell him call off his national guard But the national guard belonged to the governor So he didn t try so very hard Our women from Trinidad they hauled some potatoes Up to Wallensburg in a little cart
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2011 for the course AM ST 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '04 term at BYU.

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