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The Longshoreman's Strike I am a simple lab'ring man And I work along the shore, For to keep the hungry wolves away From the poor longshoreman's door I toil all day long in the broiling sun On the ships that come in from the sea, From early light until late at night For the poor man's family. cho: Then it's give us good pay For every day For that's all we ask of thee, For our cause is right And we're out on a strike For the poor man's family. The'll bring their Eye-talians o'er the sea And the Chineyman in from the south, Thinking they can do our work Take the bread from our mouths; Whilst the white man's children they must starve! Sure, we will never agree, For to be put down like a worm in the ground And to starve our family. From Traditional American Folk Songs, Warner & Warner Collected from John Galusha, NY, 1941 Note: According to Cazden, words were written by Edward Harrigan (of Harrigan & Hart), published in 1875. AW RG
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