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The Ballad of Joe Hill
sung by Joan Baez
at Woodstock, 1969 (MP3)

The Ballad of Joe Hill

by Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson



I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me:
Said I, but Joe youíre ten years dead;
I never died said he.
I never died said he.

In Salt Lake, Joe, Great God, said I,
Him standing by my bed;
They framed you on a murder charge,
Said Joe but I ainít dead;
Said Joe but I ainít dead.

The copper bosses framed you Joe
They shot you Joe said I;
Takes more than guns to kill a man,
Said Joe I did not die.
Said Joe I did not die.

Joe Hill ainít dead he says to me,
Joe Hill ainít never died;
Where working men are out on strike,
Joe Hill is at their side,
Joe Hill is at their side.

And standing there as big as life
A-smiling with his eyes.
Said Joe, what they forgot to kill
Went on to organize,
Went on to organize!

From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill -
Where working men defend their rights
Itís there youíll find Joe Hill.
Itís there youíll find Joe Hill.

(repeat first verse)


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