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By John Greenway

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ISBN-13: 9781258068226

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Much of the surplus labor was siphoned among the Eastern Irish immigrants Western railroad building. off into PAT WORKS ON THE RAILWAY In eighteen hundred and forty-one I put me corduroy breeches on, I put me corduroy breeches on, To work upon the railway. refrain Fi-li-me-oo-re-oo-re-ay, : Fi-li-me-oo-re-oo-re-ay, Fi-li-me-oo-re-oo-re-ay, To work upon the railway. # The farriers' song • 43 In eighteen hundred and forty-two I left the old world for the new; Bad cess to the luck that brought me through, To work upon Our the railway.

16 • American folksongs of protest Round the bend, and through the tunnel, Never falter, never fail; Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the rail. chorus: Blessed Saviour, thou wilt guide us we reach that blissful shore, Where the angels wait to join us Till In their peace forevermore. Early in the present century the bituminous miners were singing: A miner's life is like a sailor's 'Board a ship to cross the wave; Every day his life's in danger, Still he ventures being brave. Watch the rocks, they're falling daily, Careless miners always fail; Keep your hand upon the dollar, And your eye upon the scales* Meanwhile, the the hymn to their A workers were polygenetically adapting textile own weaver's purposes: life is like an engine, Coming 'round the mountain steep; We've had our ups and downs a-plenty And at night Very often we cannot sleep; your firer When his head is bending low; You may think that he is loafing, But he's doing all he knows.

31 (January 3, 1914), p. 411. KNIGHTS OF LABOR sing of an order that lately has done Some wonderful things in our land; Together they pull and great battles have A popular hard working band. I'll won 48 * American folksongs of protest Their numbers are legion, great strength they possess, They strike good and strong for their rights; From the North to the South, from the East to the West, God speed each assembly of Knights. refrain: Then conquer Our cause it is What power we must, just, the uplifted hand; Let each Labor Knight Be brave in the fight, Remember, united we stand.

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