Joe Hill

1. I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me,
Says I, ‘But Joe you’re ten years dead,‘
‘I nev­er died,‘ says he
‘I nev­er died,‘ says he.

2. “In Salt Lake City, Joe,‘ says I,
Him stand­ing by my bed,
“They framed you on a mur­der charge.”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead.”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead.”

3. “The cop­per boss­es killed you, Joe,
They shot you, Joe,” says I.
“Takes more than guns to kill a man,”
Says Joe, “I did­n’t die.”
Says Joe, “I did­n’t die.”

4. And stand­ing there as big as life,
And smil­ing with his eyes,
Says Joe, “What they could nev­er kill
Went on to organ­ise,
Went on to organ­ise.”

5. “Joe Hill ain’t dead,” he says to me;
“Joe Hill ain’t nev­er died.
When work­ers still defend their rights,
Joe Hill is at their side,
Joe Hill is at their side.”

6. From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill
Where work­ers strike and organ­ise
It’s there you’ll find Joe Hill
It’s there you’ll find Joe Hill.

7. I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me,
Says I, ‘But Joe you’re ten years dead,‘
‘I nev­er died,‘ says he
‘I nev­er died,‘ says he.

Sug­gest­ed arrange­ment:
V.1 — men only on tune
V2 — men and women on tune
V.3 — add alto part
V.4 — add tenor and bass parts
V.5 and 6 — all parts
V.7 — uni­son on tune

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