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Preacher & Slave

Lyrics: Joe Hill
Long-haired preachers come out every night,            
Try to tell you what s wrong and what s right;   
But when asked how  bout something to eat           
They will answer with voices so sweet:                 

Refrain:                                              

You will eat, bye and bye,                             
In that glorious land above the sky;                   
Work and pray, live on hay,                            
You ll get pie in the sky when you die.             

The starvation army they play,                         
They sing and they clap and they pray                  
 Till they get all your coin on the drum            
Then they ll tell you when you re on the bum:    

Refrain.                                               

Holy Rollers and jumpers come out,                     
They holler, they jump and they shout.                 
Give your money to Jesus they say,                     
He will cure all diseases today.                       

Refrain.                                               

If you fight hard for children and wife --             
Try to get something good in this life --              
You re a sinner and bad man, they tell,             
When you die you will sure go to hell.                 

Refrain.                                               

Workingmen of all countries, unite,                    
Side by side we for freedom will fight;                
When the world and its wealth we have gained           
To the grafters we ll sing this refrain:            

Final chorus:                                          

You will eat, bye and bye,                             
When you ve learned how to cook and to fry.         
Chop some wood,  twill do you good,                 
And you ll eat in the sweet bye and bye.
1911

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