Union Songs

Union Maid

A Song by Woody Guthrie
© 1961 Ludlow Music Inc.

There once was a union maid
She never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks
And the deputy sheriffs who made the raid
She went to the union hall
When a meeting it was called
And when the company boys came round
She always stood her ground

Chorus
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union
I'm sticking to the union,I'm sticking to the union
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union
I'm sticking to the union till the day I die

This union maid was wise
To the tricks of company spies
She couldn't be fooled by a company stools
She'd always organize the guys
Shed always get her way
When she struck for higher pay
She'd show her card to the National Guard
And this is what she'd say

You girls who want to be free
Just take a tip from me
Get you a man who's a union man
And join the Ladies Auxiliary
Married life ain't hard
When you've got a union card
And a union man has a happy life
When he's got a union wife

Updated verse from the 1980's

You women who want to be free
Just take a little tip from me
Break out of that mold we've all been sold
You got a fighting history
The fight for women's rights
With workers must unite
Like Mother Jones, bestir them bones
To the front of every fight

Notes

Last verse taken from Carry It On! a songbook by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser

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