Badass Union Queen 

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 09:57 -- Bee

Happy Labor Day.

For years now it seems that all the news is about global economic turmoil, political assassinations, ruinous storms, and rioting in the streets - and the most our elected leaders have offered is the distraction of new puppies and royal weddings. The last decade has been enough to extinguish hope. It seems like everything good is being destroyed, not least the progress made by the labor movement. Before he was executed Joe Hill famously said: "don't mourn, organize." I agree.

In the face of disaster, I don't know what else to do but believe - and sing.

Union Maid 
Original source: Woody Guthrie 
As interpreted by the Amalgamated Everlasting Union Chorus Local 824

There once was a union maid 
Who never was afraid 
Of goons and ginks and company finks 
And deputy sheriffs who made the raid 
She went to the union hall 
When a meeting it was called 
And when the company boys came round 
She always stood her ground

Chorus: 
Oh you can't scare me, I'm stickin' with the union 
I'm stickin' with the union, I'm stickin' with the union 
Oh you can't scare me, I'm stickin' with the union 
I'm stickin' with the union til the day I die

This union maid was wise 
To the tricks of the company spies 
She'd never be fooled by the company stools 
She'd always organize the guys 
She'd always get her way 
When she struck for higher pay 
She'd show her card to the company guard 
And this is what she'd say
[Chorus]

When the union boys they seen 
This badass union queen 
Stand up and sing in the deputy's face 
They laughed and yelled all over the place 
And you know what they done? 
Those two gun company thugs? 
When they heard this union song 
They tucked their tails and run!
[Chorus]

A woman's life is hard 
Even with a union card 
She's got to stand on her own two feet 
And not be a servant to the male elite 
We've got to take a stand 
Keep working hand in hand 
'Cause there's a job that's gotta be done 
And a fight that must be won!

Oh you can't scare me, I'm stickin' with the union 
I'm stickin' with the union, I'm stickin' with the union 
Oh you can't scare me, I'm stickin' with the union 
I'm stickin' with the union til the day I die!