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I'm Going to Organize, Baby Mine, song lyrics

Song: I'm Going to Organize, Baby Mine
Lyrics: Sarah Ogan Gunning(1) (3)

Music: Sarah Ogan Gunning(1) (3)
Year: 1937(1)
Genre: A Cappella Folk
Country: USA


VERSION 1 (1930s)

Oh, you're goin' to be surprised, baby mine.
Oh, you're goin' to be surprised, baby mine.
You're goin' to be surprised
For I'm goin' to organize
An' I'm goin' 'round the world, baby mine!

Oh, I'm goin' to lead the workers, baby mine.
Oh, I'm goin' to lead the workers, baby mine.
For I sure can't be a shirker,
Oh, I'm goin' to lead the workers, baby mine!
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These are miners' chilluns and wives, baby mine.
These are miners' chilluns and wives, baby mine.
These are miners' chilluns and wives,
I'm compelled to save their lives,
So I'm goin' to organize, baby mine!

Oh, I'm goin' to write you a letter, baby mine.
Oh, I'm goin' to write you a letter, baby mine.
I'm goin' to write you a letter,
When the livin' gets better.
Oh, I'm goin' to organize, baby mine!

Oh, I know that you'll agree, baby mine,

Oh, I know that you'll agree, baby mine,

Oh, I know that you'll agree,

For I have to fight... (at which point there is an abrupt ending of the Library of Congress recording by Alan Lomax)



Version 2 - (This is her later version)

Oh, you're goin' to be surprised, babe o' mine.
Oh, you're goin' to be surprised, babe o' mine.
Oh, you're goin' to be surprised
For I'm goin' to organize
Yes, I'm goin' 'round this world, babe o' mine!

Oh, I'm goin' to write you a letter, babe o' mine.
Oh, I'm goin' to write you a letter, babe o' mine.
Oh, I'm goin' to write you a letter,
When the livin' gets better.
But I'm goin' to organize, babe o' mine!
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See the workers' chillun and wives, babe o' mine.
See the workers' chillun and wives, babe o' mine.
See the workers' chillun and wives,
I'm compelled to save their lives,
So I'm goin' to organize, babe o' mine!

Oh, I love the union men, babe o' mine.
Oh, I love the union men, babe o' mine.
Oh, I love the union men,
The way they're treated is a sin,
So I'm gonna get organized, babe o' mine!


Notes:

1 - The date for the recording of I'm goin' to organize, baby mine at the US Library of Congress is December 13, 1937.

2 - Sarah Ogan Gunning - A Girl of Constant Sorrow, the 1965 and 1967 albums.

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