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The Banks are Made of Marble, song lyrics

Song: The Banks are Made of Marble
Lyrics: Les Rice(1)

Music: Les Rice(1)
Year: c. 1948(1)
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


I've traveled 'round this country,
From shore to shining shore;
It really made me wonder,
The things I heard and saw.

I saw the weary farmer,
Plowing sod and loam,
l heard the auction hammer,
A knocking down his home.
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But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
That the farmer sweated for.

l saw the seaman standing,
Idly by the shore,
l heard their bosses saying,
"Got no work for you no more"
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But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
That the seaman sweated for.

I saw the weary miner,
Scrubbing coal dust from his back,
And I heard his children crying,
"Got no coal to heat the shack."

But the banks are made of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver,
That the miner sweated for.
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I've seen my brothers working,
Throughout this mighty land,
l prayed we'd get together,
And together make a stand.

Then we'd own those banks of marble,
With a guard at every door,
And we would share those vaults of silver,
That we have sweated for!



Many musicians who have played this song over the many years have added there own verses.

As one example, here is a stanza written by Fred Holstein:

I've seen the weary old folk,
Without nickel left to give,
And the hovels that they exist in,
Are not fit for rats to live.


Notes:

1 - Les Rice was a Newburgh, NY State farmer and one-time president of the Ulster County chapter of the Farmers Union.

2 - Many musicians over the years have sung this including The Weavers which included Pete Seeger.