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Union Maid, song lyrics

Song: Union Maid
Lyrics: Woody Guthrie & Millard Lampell(1)

Music: to the 1907 tune of "Red Wing" by Kerry Mills
Year: 1940 or 1941
Genre:
Country: USA


There once was a union maid,
She never was afraid,
Of goons and ginks and company finks(2),
And the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
She went to the union hall, When a meeting it was called,
And when the Legion boys come 'round,
She always stood her ground.
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(CHORUS:)
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,
I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union.
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,
I'm sticking to the union 'til the day I die.

This union maid was wise,
To the tricks of company spies,
She couldn't be fooled by a company stool(2),
She'd always organize the guys.
She always got her way,
When she struck for better pay.
She'd show her card to the National Guard, And this is what she'd say.
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(CHORUS)

You gals who want to be free,
Just take a tip from me;
Get you a man who's a union man,
And join the ladies' auxiliary.
Married life ain't hard,
When you got a union card,
A union man has a happy life,
When he's got a union wife.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - The first two stanzas and the chorus were written by Woody Guthrie, and the last stanza by Millard Lampell, who were both members of the Almanac Singers as per The Life, Music and Thought of Woody Guthrie: A Critical Appraisal, edited by John S. Partington, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-7546-6955-5 (hard cover), footnote 36, p.44.

2 - "Fink" and "stool" are both slang for a spy or informant.