1913 Massacre chords & lyrics - Woody Guthrie

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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 
    DGA
    Where the miners are having their big Christmas ball. 
    ABmA
    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 
    DGA
    And you re dancing around and around in the hall. 
    ABmA
    Well, a little girl sits down by the Christmas tree lights 
    DGA
    To play the piano, so you gotta keep quiet. 
    BmA
    To hear all this fun you would not realize 
    DGA
    That the copper-boss thug-men are milling outside. 
    ABmA
    The copper-boss thugs stuck their heads in the door 
    DGA
    One of them yelled and he screamed, "There s a fire!" 
    BmA
    A lady, she hollered, "There s no such a thing! 
    DGA
    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. 
    ABmA
    Such a terrible sight I never did see 
    DGA
    We carried our children back up to their tree. 
    BmA
    The scabs outside still laughed at their spree 
    DGA
    And the children that died there were seventy-three. 
    ABmA
    The piano played a slow funeral tune 
    DGA
    And the town was lit up by a cold Christmas moon, 
    BmA
    The parents they cried and the miners they moaned, 
    DGA
    "See what your greed for money has done."