Joe Jencks

play Joe Hill  3:54

from Links In A Chain

My friend Phil Amadon is a great link in the chain of working class solidarity. He is a union man all the way, and has taught so much about what solidarity really means. I dedicate this recording of Joe Hill to the countless un-sung working class heroes, and especially to Phil. We are in their debt. Heroes in the mines, mills, and factories, on the farms and the battlefields, their spirit lives on. And every day, new generations of laborers pick up the torch and carry forward the light of solidarity.

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
Alive as you and me
Says I but Joe you're ten years dead
I never died says he

In Salt Lake Joe I says to him
Standing by my bed
They framed you on a murder charge
Says Joe but I ain't dead

The copper bosses killed you Joe
They shot you Joe says I
Takes more than guns to kill a man
Says Joe I did not die

And standing there as big as life
And smiling with his eyes
Says Joe what they could never kill
Went on to organize

Joe Hill ain't dead he says to me
Joe Hill ain't never died
Where workers stand up for their rights
Joe Hill is by their side

From San Diego up to Maine
In every mine and mill
Where workers strike and organize
It's there you'll find Joe Hill

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
Alive as you and me
Says I but Joe you're ten years dead
I never died says he

© 1938 Earl Robinson & Alfred Hayes, Universal-MCA

updated: 8 years ago