John Golden and the Lawrence Strike

Melody - "A Little Talk With Jesus"

Joe Hill

In Lawrence, when the starving masses
Struck for more to eat
And wooden-headed Wood
He tried the strikers to defeat,
To Sammy Gompers wrote
And asked him what he thought,
And this is just the answer
That the mailman brought:
A little talk with Golden
Makes it right, all right;
He'll settle any strike,
If there's coin in sight;
Just take him up to dine
And everything is fine--
A little talk with Golden
Makes it right, all right.

2. The preachers, cops and money-kings
Were working hand in hand,
The boy in blue, with stars and stripes
Were sent by Uncle Sam;
Still things were looking blue,
'Cause every striker knew
That weaving cloth with bayonets
Is hard to do.

3. John Golden had with Mr. Wood
A private interview,
He told him how to bust up
The "I double double U."
He came out in a while
And wore the Golden smile.
He said: "I've got all labor leaders
Skinned a mile."

4. John Golden pulled a bogus strike
With all his "pinks and stools."
He thought the rest would follow
Like a bunch of crazy fools.
But to his great surprise
The "foreigners" were wise,
In one big solid union
They were organized.
That's one time Golden did not
Make it right, all right;
In spite of all his schemes
The strikers won the fight.
When all the workers stand
United hand in hand,
The world with all its wealth
Will be at their command.


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