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Three Chords and the Truth, song lyrics

Song: Three Chords and the Truth
Lyrics: Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder(2)(3)

Music: Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder(2)(3)
Year: 2007(1)
Genre: Country Blues
Country: USA


(Spoken introduction:)
I'm going to tell you a story right here.
You may not believe it.

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night(4)(5),
Standing in the prison yard,
They were taking poor Joe, chained and bound,
To a Utah firing squad.
Well he turned and looked at me right then,
Saying, don't you be misled,
They're trying to tear our free speech down,
And Buddy, they ain't near quit yet.
See, they framed me on a killing charge,
You know I wouldn't lie to you,
But the only crime here that I done was,
Three chords and the truth.
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Three chords and the truth,
Three chords and the truth,
The only crime that Joe Hill done,
Was three chords and the truth.
He sang his old union songs,
He got his message through,
But they couldn't stand to hears a workingman sing,
Three chords and the truth.

Old J. Edgar Hoover(6) liked to hear the darkies sing,
Till one man changed that all around,
Paul Robeson(7) was a man that you couldn't ignore,
That's what drove J. Edgar down.
He called up his New York Klan(8) boyfriends,
Saying, I got something good for you.
Get right down there to Peekskill, New York town,
And kill three chords and the truth.
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Three chords and the truth,
Three chords and the truth,
The only crime you ever got from Paul,
Was three chords and the truth.
If this is the land of democracy,
I got one question for you,
Why wasn't Paul Robeson set free,
On three chords and the truth?

They took Pete Seeger(9) before the law,
And put him on the witness stand,
But he stood right up to tyranny,
With just a banjo in his hand.
Such a righteous banjo picker,
Watching out for me and you.
That was just a man who wouldn't back down,
On three chords and the truth.
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
Three chords and the truth,
Three chords and the truth.
The only crime Pete Seeger done,
Was three chords and the truth.
He sang his freedom songs real good,
Still getting his message through.
Better check out old Pete Seeger,
On three chords and the truth.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the 2007 Ry Cooder album, My Name Is Buddy, Nonesuch records 79961-2.

2 - Support artists like Ry Cooder, by seeing their live shows and buying their CDs and Albums.

3 - More information on Ry Cooder, from Wikipedia

4 - More information on the life and death of Joe Hill in Wikipedia, who was born under the name Joel Emmanuel Hägglund but also known as Joseph Hillstrom.

5 - A reference to the poem I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night, by Alfred Hayes, 1930

6 - More information on J. Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the FBI.

7 - More information on Paul Robeson, from Wikipedia.

9 - More information on Klu Klux Klan, from Wikipedia.

9 - More information on Pete Seeger, from Wikipedia.

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