The Preacher and the Slave

The Preacher and the Slave

słowa: Joe Hill, 1911
muzyka: trad.

Long-haired [G]preachers come [C]out every [G]night
Try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s [D]right
But when [G]asked how ‚bout [C]something to [G]eat
They will answer in [D]voices so [G]sweet

You will [G]eat, bye and [C]bye (bye and bye)
In that [G]glorious land above the [D]sky (way up high)
Work and [G]pray, live on [C]hay (live on hay)
You’ll get [G]pie in the [D]sky when you [G]die (That’s a lie!)

And the Starvation Army, they play
And they sing and they clap and they pray
Till they get all your coin on the drum
Then they tell you when you’re on the bum

You will eat…

Holy Rollers and Jumpers come out
And they holler, they jump and they shout
Give your money to Jesus, they say
And you will eat on that glorious day

You will eat…

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.

You will eat…

Working folks 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

You will eat, bye and bye (bye and bye)
When you’ve learned how to cook and how to fry (how to fry)
Chop some wood, ‚twill do you good (do you good)
Then you’ll eat in the sweet bye and bye (That’s NO lie!)


Joe Hill nie tylko pisał piosenki, ale został także ich bohaterem. Zobacz poświęconą mu piosenkę napisaną dziesięć lat po jego śmierci.

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