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Woody Guthrie - Ludlow Massacre Lyrics

  • (Woody Guthrie)
  • It was early springtime that the strike was on
  • They moved us miners out of doors
  • Out from the houses that the company owned
  • We moved into tents at old Ludlow
  • I was worried bad about my children
  • Soldiers guarding the railroad bridge
  • Every once in a while a bullet would fly
  • Kick up gravel under my feet
  • We were so afraid they would kill our children
  • We dug us a cave that was seven foot deep
  • Carried our young ones and a pregnant woman
  • Down inside the cave to sleep
  • That very night you soldier waited
  • Until us miners were asleep
  • You snuck around our little tent town
  • Soaked our tents with your kerosene
  • You struck a match and the blaze it started
  • You pulled the triggers of your gatling guns
  • I made a run for the children but the fire wall stopped me
  • Thirteen children died from your guns
  • I carried my blanket to a wire fence corner
  • Watched the fire till the blaze died down
  • I helped some people grab their belongings
  • While your bullets killed us all around
  • I will never forget the looks on the faces
  • Of the men and women that awful day
  • When we stood around to preach their funerals
  • And lay the corpses of the dead away
  • We told the Colorado governor to call the President
  • Tell him to call off his National Guard
  • But the National Guard belong to the governor
  • So he didn't try so very hard
  • Our women from Trinidad they hauled some potatoes
  • Up to Walsenburg in a little cart
  • They sold their potatoes and brought some guns back
  • And put a gun in every hand
  • The state soldiers jumped us in a wire fence corner
  • They did not know that we had these guns
  • And the red neck miners mowed down them troopers
  • You should have seen those poor boys run
  • We took some cement and walled that cave up
  • Where you killed those thirteen children inside
  • I said, "God bless the Mine Workers' Union"
  • And then I hung my head and cried
  • @union @soldier @murder
  • filename[ LUDLWMAS
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