Union Songs

Hallelujah! I'm A Bum

A Song by Harry McClintock

Chorus
Hallelujah! I'm a bum, Hallelujah bum again
Hallelujah! give us a handout and revive us again

I went to a house and I knocked on the door
A lady says, " Bum, bum, you been here before"

I went to a house, and I asked for some bread
A lady says, " Bum, bum, the baker is dead"

Oh why dont you work like other folk do
How the hell can I work when there's no work to do

Oh why don't you work like other folks do
How can I get a job when you're holding down two

Oh, I love my boss and my boss loves me
And that is the reason I'm so hungry

Oh why don't you save all the money you earn
Well if I didn't eat, I'd have money to burn

Oh, I like my boss, he's a good friend of mine
And that's why I'm starving out in the breadline

Whenever I get all the money I earn
The boss will be broke and to work he must turn

Final chorus Hallelujah! I'm a bum, Hallelujah bum again
Hallelujah! give us sixpence for Christ's sake Amen

Notes

Written by Harry McClintock, just before the end of the last century. Became a favourite of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). Harry joined the organisation and became one of their song leaders.

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