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Ludlow Massacre by Woody Guthrie
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    It was early springtime when the strike was on 
    They drove us miners out of doors 
    Out from the houses that the company owned 
    We moved into tents up 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 our feet
    We were so afraid you’d kill our children
    Dug us a cave that was seven foot deep
    Carried our young ones and a pregnant women
    Down inside the cave to sleep
    That very night you soldiers waited
    ‘Till all us miners was a sleep
    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 firewall stopped me
    Thirteen children died from your gun
    I carried my blanket to a wire-fence corner
    Watched the fire ‘till the blaze died down
    I helped some people drag their belongings
    While your bullets killed us all around
    I never will forget the look on the faces
    Of the men and women on that awful day
    When we stood around to preach their funeral
    And lay the corpses of the dead away
    We told the Colorado governor to phone the president
    Tell him call off his national guard
    But the national guard belonged to the governor
    So he didn’t try so very hard
    Our women from Trinidad they hauled some potatoes
    Up to Wallensburg in a little cart
    They sold their potatoes and brought some guns back
    And they put a gun in every hand
    The state soldiers jumped us in the wire-fence corners
    Did not know that we had these guns
    And the redneck miners mowed down them troopers
    You should of seen them poor boys run
    We took some cement and walled the cave up
    Where you killed these thirteen children inside
    I said, “God bless the mine workers’ union”
    And I hung my head and cried