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Down on the Picket Line, song lyrics

Song: Down on the Picket Line
Lyrics: Sarah Ogan Gunning(2)

Music: Sarah Ogan Gunning(2)
Year: 1932
Genre: A Cappella Folk Country: USA


Come on, friends, an' let's go down,
Let's go down, let's go down,
Come on, friends, an' let's go down,
Down on the picket line.

As we went down on the picket line
To keep the scabs(3) out of the mine,
Who's goin' to win the strike,
Come on an' we'll show you the way.
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We went out one mornin' before daylight,
An' I was sure we'd have a fight,
But the scabs us carely [cowardly?] ran away,
We went back the very next day.

Come on, friends, an' let's go down,
Let's go down, let's go down,
Come on, friends, an' let's go down,
Down on the picket line.

As we went down on the picket line
To keep the scabs out of the mine,
Who's goin' to win the fight,
Come on an' we'll show you the way.
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We all went out on the railroad track
To meet them scabs an' turn 'em back.
We went there strike, I'm glad to say,
Come on an' we'll show you the way.


Notes:

1 - This song was a response to the 1932 National Miners Union coal mine strike in Bell County, Kentucky. See: Harlan County War in Wikipedia, Background to the 1931-32 Strike , University of Kentucky, and Kentucky Miners Struggle, Adobe pdf document, from May 1932 by the Amercan Civil Liberties Union, provided by Indiana State Univesity.

2 - Sarah Ogan Gunning (1910 - 1983), in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press, and Sarah Ogan Gunning, by Archie Green on Folkstreams.net.

3 - "Scabs" is slang for workers who cross a strikers' picket line, going to work in place of the strikers.