1913 Massacre chords & lyrics - Woody Guthrie

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    ie, : 
    A: X0222X (maybe easier if barred)
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    '(?):X0443X 
    played with capo II
    E
    (sounding key, ) 
    ABmA
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    Take a trip with me in nineteen thirteen
    DGA
    To Calumet, Michigan, in the copper country. 
    BmA
    ’ 
    I'll take you to a place called Italian Hall
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    Where the miners are having their big Christmas ball. 
    ABmA
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    I'll take you through a door, and up a high stairs.
    DGA
    Singing and dancing is heard everywhere, 
    BmA
    ’ 
    I will let you shake hands with the people you see
    DGA
    And watch the kids dance round that big Christmas tree. 
    BmA
    ’ 
    You ask about work and you ask about pay;
    DGA
    They'll tell you that they make less than a dollar a day, 
    BmA
    ’ 
    Working the copper claims, risking their lives,
    DGA
    So it's fun to spend Christmas with children and wives. 
    ABmA
    ’ 
    There's talking and laughing and songs in the air,
    DGA
    And the spirit of Christmas is there everywhere, 
    BmA
    ’ 
    Before you know it, you're friends with us all
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    And you're dancing around and around in the hall. 
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    ’ 
    Well, a little girl sits down by the Christmas tree lights
    DGA
    To play the piano, so you gotta keep quiet. 
    BmA
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    To hear all this fun you would not realize
    DGA
    That the copper-boss thug-men are milling outside. 
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    ’ 
    The copper-boss thugs stuck their heads in the door
    DGA
    One of them yelled and he screamed, "There's a fire!" 
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    ’ 
    A lady, she hollered, "There's no such a thing!
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    Keep on with your party, there's no such a thing." 
    ABmA
    ’ 
    A few people rushed, and it was only a few
    DGA
    "It's only the thugs and the scabs fooling you." 
    BmA
    ’ 
    A man grabbed his daughter and carried her down
    DGA
    But the thugs held the door and they could not get out. 
    ABmA
    ’ 
    And then others followed, a hundred or more
    DGA
    But most everybody remained on the floor. 
    BmA
    ’ 
    The gun-thugs they laughed at their murderous joke,
    DGA
    While the children were smothered on the stair by the door. 
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    Such a terrible sight I never did see
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    We carried our children back up to their tree. 
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    ’ 
    The scabs outside still laughed at their spree
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    And the children that died there were seventy-three. 
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    ’ 
    The piano played a slow funeral tune
    DGA
    And the town was lit up by a cold Christmas moon, 
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    ’ 
    The parents they cried and the miners they moaned,
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    "See what your greed for money has done." 
    -Tabbed by Ryon Castro