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I am a Union Woman, song lyrics

Song: I am a Union Woman
Lyrics: Aunt Molly Jackson(1)

Music: to an old Baptist hymn
Year: 1931(2)
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


I am a union woman
Just as brave as I can be.
I do not like the bosses
And the bosses don't like me.

Join the N.M.U. Come join the N.M.U.(3)

I was raised in Kentucky.
In Kentucky borned and bred.
And when I joined the union,
They called me a Russian red.
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Join the N.M.U. Come join the N.M.U.

When my husband asked the boss for a job,
This is the words he said:
"Bill Jackson, I can't work you, sir,
Your wife's a Rooshian red."

Come join the N.M.U. Join the N.M.U.

If you want to join a union
As strong as one can be
Join the dear old NMU
And come along with me.

If you want to join a union
Step in and come along.
We'll all be glad to have you,
We're many thousand strong.
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Come join the N.M.U. Join the N.M.U.

We are many thousand strong,
And I am glad to say,
We are getting stronger
And stronger every day.

If you want to get your freedom
And gain your liberty,
Join the dear old CIO(4)
Also the ILD.(5)

Join the N.M.U. Come join the N.M.U.

Just join the dear old ILD
And come along with me.
The workers are all protected
By the dear old ILD.

Join the N.M.U. Come join the N.M.U.

The bosses ride the big fine white horse
While we walk in the mud.
Their flag's the old red, white and blue
And ours is dipped in blood.


Notes:

1 - Aunt Molly Jackson (1880-1960), in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press.

2 - Aunt Molly Jackson said she would sing this song when organizing miners in 1931 in Bell and Harlan counties.

3 - N.M.U. is the National Miners Union. This link is to the University of Kentucky, Appalachian Center.

4 - Later she replaced "N.M.U." in the lyrics with "C.I.O." for the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

5 - International Labor Defense information from Wikipedia.