Joe Hill Lyrics - Joan Baez

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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" said he,
"I never died" said he.

"The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
they shot you Joe" they filled you full of lead.
"Takes more than guns to kill a man"
Says Joe "I didn't die"
Says Joe "I didn't die"

"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."

And standing there as big as life
and smiling with his eyes.
Says Joe "What they can never kill
went on to organize,
went on to organize"

From San Diego up to Maine,
in every mine and mill,
Where working men defend their rights,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill!

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" said he,
"I never died" said he.

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Still Relevant Today | Reviewer: Carmel George | 5/2/13

The Joe Hill Lyrics are as relevant now as when they were written, if not more so. In Britain, the Trade Unions were crushed by Margaret Thatcher,but the TU's are still organising and the spirit of Joe Hill lives on - I'll drink to that!

Philippine Labor Day 2013 | Reviewer: thelma | 4/29/13

May 1 is our way of celebrating the workingman, the unsung heroes of the Philippine economy. The song Joe Hill by Joan Baez moves us to honor the many heroes of the trade union movement and the civil societies who gave their lives so that others may live to gain decent work and a decent family life. to all Joe Hills, your spirit will live on.

Joe Hill | Reviewer: E. Zapata | 12/14/12

Great song, great man. Folks just too brainwashed now, especially the Democrats who think they aren't as big war-mongers/jailers as anyone else ( see above ). Wake up! The system is rotten.

I Love This Song!!! | Reviewer: Frank In Cork | 8/11/12

Having first heard Luke Kelly (of the Dubliners) sing this song about 30 years ago,I was instantly hooked on the story of Joe Hill.Thanks to the internet I've been able to research Joe Hill,his life and what he stood for.The trade unions of the early 21st century are a far cry from what Joe envisaged.Here in Ireland the top guns in the main unions are as well paid as company executives and government ministers.They care little for the ordinary low paid worker and see to it that civil servants are well looked after,therefore keeping their own salaries intact due to benchmarking.Gone are the days of protests and strikes.The unions nowadays are like guard dogs without teeth.In other words useless.Men such as Joe Hill and James Connolly were true socialists who gave up their own lives for the struggle of the ordinary worker.Long may their legacies live on.

History About To Repeat Itself?? | Reviewer: John | 8/11/12

With a worlwide recession since 2007/8 that could lead to a depression similar to what happened in the 1920's are we seeing history repeat itself?..Poverty due to unemployment and under payment for people's hard work were the issues Joe Hill fought against.Look around the US and Europe today and we can see a similar picture emerging.People were given a false sense of wealth due to 'cheap credit'.Spending above their means and are now facing losing their jobs,foreclosure on their homes homelessness.This a century almost to the day when Joe Hill was executed,having been setup for a murder he didn't commit,because he was a threat to the capitalist bosses and bankers,who are today a century later still ruling the world even though they've brought us all to the edge of a second financial catastrophe.Mind boggling really!!!

The Modern Day Relevance of "Joe Hill" | Reviewer: Jim Ralph | 11/6/11

Most people in this country today, especially young folks, have no idea that this old folk protest song has any modern day relevance. This is mostly because of the high relative comfort in which we reside. This comfort came about because of what labor brought to our lives. Labor established how get what we have. Things are much different today, but still the same in some ways. Although modern machinery does most of the backbreaking jobs in the mines and factories. There are still many people who sacrifice their youth, bodies and health to the god of progress. Today, as then, the compensation is poor. People who spend their lives managing information in a heated and air conditioned office, rearing their young to do also, will never really understand what the Joe Hills accomplished and gave up in the act. We should all know what the Andrew Carnegie's and their ilk did to workers to obtain their riches. The song Joe Hill says much to contribute to that knowledge.

To the gentleman who calls himself "I Ain't Joe Hill" | Reviewer: Alan | 7/11/11

To Mr. "I Ain't Joe Hill"

First of all, mt friend I doubt that you even know what a socialist is.You made the moronic statement: ". It's because of your unions that air traffic controllers are falling asleep at their posts. Fortunately, noone has been killed.

Let me tell you something Reagen broke up AFTA, the air controllers union in 1981.They were trained professionals.Since then,the towers have been controlled by incompetents with poor training.Get your facts straight,

The unions built this country.Either you have never done an honest day's work or you're just a damned fool.Probably both.


Commies | Reviewer: Donald Kahn | 6/21/11

"mine and mill" (5th stanza) surely denotes the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, known to be a Communist front. The CIO under the leadership of Walter Reuther, a Socialist, booted them out around 1948.

Are You People Crazy?? | Reviewer: I Ain't Joe Hill | 4/22/11

You're still embracing socialist like it's something that works?? Get your heads out your butts and do something constructive. It's because of your unions that air traffic controllers are falling asleep at their posts. Fortunately, noone has been killed.

Joe Hill | Reviewer: maggie | 3/9/11

I've always loved this song.As a child my parents played Paul Robeson's version and later I heard and loved Joan Baez singing it. It always reminds me of my father who was a lifelong socialist and fighter for the rights of working people. Sadly he died last week and we will be playing Joe Hill at his funeral.

Joe Hill at our congregation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/1/11

One of our ministers sang this song on Sunday from the podium. We the audience joined in. It felt so good and feels so right. We sing this on somewhat regular basis but it felt so good to hear her acknowledge the song. We cannot kill Joe Hill but the conservatives are certainly trying again.

joe hill union hero | Reviewer: michael o'hara | 2/13/11

my uncle, eddie ferguson was a great socialist and supporter of the trade union movement in ireland. sadly he died last year, he requested that the song joe hill be played at his funeral, i had never heard it before, it brought tears to my eyes and still does when i play it today. if ever ther was an appropriate song for such a great man this is it. eddie was our joe hill. rest in peace eddie , never forgotten

The Dubliner's version | Reviewer: patchwork steve | 2/3/10

The Dubliner's id a version of this song. It is a wonderful version. I am 37 and love heavy, screaming rock, but have come to love older Irish traditional and newer contemporary Irish style music to understand my ancestors. If you like the Irish style music you will love the Dubliner's version. Very much a Labor/Union song about freedom!!!!!

Thanks for Singing Joe Hill in Bayfield, Joan! | Reviewer: AnotherWob | 8/12/09

One of my earliest memories is of folks coming to my parents house on a weekend evening, bringing guitars and mandolins and banjos. They'd sing Joe Hill, Solidarity Forever (all the verses!) and so many songs that I love. They shaped my life - friends and songs. Thanks for keeping the songs alive, Joan!

The Two Joes | Reviewer: Not Joe Hill | 6/28/08

There is Joe Hill the labor organizer, murdered in Utah in 1915 and then there's Joseph Hill of the Reggae band Culture - a much more contemporary figure!

Thank you for the lyrics of this very memorable song.

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