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Father Was Killed By the Pinkerton Men (William W. Delaney) 'Twas in a Pennsylvania town not very long ago Men struck against reduction of their pay Their millionaire employer with philanthropic show Had closed the works till starved they would obey. They fought for home and right to live where they had toiled so long But ere the sun had set some were laid low; Tbere're hearts now sadly grieving by that sad and bitter wrong God help them for it was a cruel blow. cho: God help them tonight in their hour of affliction Praying for him whom they'll ne'er see again Hear the poor orphans tell their sad story "Father was killed by the Pinkerton men." Ye prating poiiticians, who boast protection creed, Go to Homestead and stop the orphans' cry. Protection for the rich man ye pander to his greed, His workmen they are cattle and may die. The freedom of the city in Scotland far away Is presented to the millionaire suave, But here in Free America with protection in full sway His workmen get the freedom of the grave. cho: From Weep Some More, My Lady, Spaeth Note: Printed in 1892, in response to the battle between Pinkertons and strikers at Carnegie's Homestead, PA plant. See also Homestead Strike. RG
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