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The Charge on Mother Jones (William M. Rogers) The patriotic soldiers came marching down the pike, Prepared to shoot and slaughter in the Colorado strike; With whiskey in their bellies and vengeance in their souls, They prayed that God would help them shoot the miners full of holes. In front of these brave soldiers loomed a sight you seldom see: A white-haired rebel woman whose age was eighty-three. "Charge!" cried the valiant captain, in awful thunder tones, And the patriotic soldiers "CHARGED" and captured Mother Jones. 'Tis great to be a soldier with a musket in your hand, Ready' for any bloody work the lords of earth command. 'Tis great to shoot a miner and hear his dying groans But never was such glory as that "charge" on Mother Jones! Note: Mr. Rogers, recited this to the W. Virginia Federation of Labor sometime between 1917 and 1920. It doesn't have a formal tune, but it should. Try John Brown's Body. RG From Only a Miner, Green RG
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