Union Songs

Do Re Mi

A Song by Woody Guthrie

Lots of folks back East they say
Leaving home every day
Beating the hot old dusty way to the California line
Cross the desert sands they roll
Getting out of the old dust bowl
Think they're going to a sugar bowl
But here's what they find
Now police at the port of entry say
You're number fourteen thousand for today

Oh, if you ain't got the do re mi, folks
You ain't got the do re mi
Why you better get back to beautiful Texas
Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee
California is a garden of Eden
A paradise to live in or see
But believe it or not
You won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi

You want to buy a house or a farm
That can't do nobody harm
Or take your vacation by the mountain or sea
Don't swap your old cow for a car
You'd better stay right where you are
Better take this little tip from me
Cause I look through the want ads every day
And the headlines in the papers always say


From The  Digital Tradition

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