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The Horse With a Union Label (Mike Stratton and Saul Aarons) My daddy was a cowboy And I follow in his footsteps Riding the range, My chaps are wide, my shirt is red, I'll wear my Stetson till I'm dead I keep my boots on the table. I brand my cows and turn 'em free But the brand ain't what it used to be 'Cause now I ride a horse with a union label. cho: Old Paint, Old Paint A prouder horse there ain't 'Cause my Old Paint Is a horse with a union label. When I was a little feller And I seen a cowboy picture, My daddy told me, "A cowboy's life is migty lean When he ain't herding cows on a movie screen So here's what your daddy's advising: When you swing your lariat You're one of the proletariat So find yourself a horse and start Or-ganizing." I went down to the old corral To pick me out a bronco Like my daddy told me, I looked 'em over one by one And there was a great big stallion Like you won't find in no millionaire's stable. He was wild and proud and free And he pawed the sky and looked at me And blazing on his side was a U-union label. The foreman he was standing there And said, By God!, he'd ride him. Paint, he just snickered. 'Cause the SOB was a company man Which is why he landed on his can And ran home crying for mother; But I showed Paint my union card And he says to me," Climb right on pard-ner I got plenty of room for a U-union brother." Now, some day I'll be laid to rest But I've got a feelin' Paint, he'll never die. He'll thunder on through the wild mesquite To be on time to a union meet-ing Strong and fearless and able. And working people throughout the land Will know he's a good American Who rides the horse with the U-union label. Copyright 1939, Theme Music From The People's Song Book LH apr96
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