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Plow Under, song lyrics

Song: Plow Under
Lyrics: Lee Hays and Pete Seeger(1)

Music: Lee Hays and Pete Seeger
Year: 1941
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


Remember when the AAA(2),
Killed a million hogs a day?
Instead of hogs it's men today,
Plow the fourth one under.

CHORUS:
Plow under, plow under,
Plow under,
Every fourth American boy.
They said our agricultural,
System was about to fall,
From Washington they sent a call,
Plow the fourth one under.

(CHORUS)

The price of cotton wouldn't rise,
They said, "We've got to fertilize",
So now on us they turn their eyes,
Plow the fourth one under.
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(CHORUS)

They said our system wouldn't work,
Until we killed the surplus off,
So now they look at us and say,
Plow the fourth one under.

(CHORUS)

Any ignorant mule does know,
Better than to step on a cotton row,
But there ain't no mules in Congress, so
Plow the fourth one under.
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(CHORUS)

Now the politicians rant,
A boy's no better than a cotton plant,
But we are here to say you can't,
Plow the fourth one under.

FINAL CHORUS:
Plow under,
(Don't you...) Plow under
(Don't you...) Plow under
Every fourth American boy.
(Now, don't you...) Plow under,
(Don't you...) Plow under
(Don't you...) Plow under
Every fourth American boy.


Notes:

1 - This anti-war song was performed by the Almanac Singers of which both Hayes and Seeger were members.

2 - AAA was the Agricultural Adjustment Act.