Joe Hill, born October 7, 1879, killed by the Bosses November 19, 1915

 

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I “But Joe, you’re ten years dead”
“I never died” says he,
“I never died” says he.

“In Salt Lake, Joe,” by god says I,
Him standing by my bed,
“They framed you on a murder charge,”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead,”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead.”

“The Copper Bosses shot you Joe,
they killed you Joe” says I.
“Takes more than guns to kill a man”
Says Joe “I didn’t die”
Says Joe “I didn’t die”

Standing there as big as life
Smiling with his eyes.
Joe Says, “What they forgot to kill”
went on to organize,
went on to organize!”

Joe Hill ain’t dead he says to me
Joe Hill ain’t never died
Where working men go out on strike,
Joe Hill is at their side,
Joe Hill is at their side.

From San Diego up to Maine
In every Mine and Mill
Where working men go out on strike
Says he’ll find Joe Hill
Says he’ll Find Joe Hill

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I “But Joe, you’re ten years dead”
“I never died” says he,
“I never died” says he.

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Today is also the birthday anniversary for Henry A Wallace, Desmond Tutu and Bruce Vento

Wallace, FDR’s Vice President, ran for President on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948.

Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop in South Africa, Noble Peace Prize winner and a major influence for the end of apartheid

Bruce Vento, less well known, was an ordinary hard-working Congressman from Minnesota, who provided sorely needed advocacy on behalf of the nation’s homeless on Capitol Hill, sponsoring the first substantive legislation giving assistance to these otherwise forgotten men, women and children

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