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Stung Right, song lyrics by Joe Hill

Song: Stung Right
Lyrics: Joe Hill(1)

Music: to the tune of "Sunlight, Sunlight" (by W. S. Weeden)
Year: c. 1913
Country: USA

When I was hiking 'round the town to find a job one day,
I saw a sign, "A thousand fools are wanted right away,
To take a trip around the world in Uncle Sammy's fleet."
I signed my name a dozen times upon a great big sheet.

I was stung right, stung right, S-T-U-N-G,
Stung right, stung right, E. Z. Mark, that's me;
When my term is over, and again I'm free,
There'll be no more trips around the world for me.

The recruiter said, "The U. S. Fleet, that is no place for slaves,
The only thing you have to do is stand and watch the waves."
But in the morning, five o'clock, they woke me from my snooze,
To scrub the deck and polish brass and shine the captain's shoes.
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One day a dude in uniform to me commenced to shout,
I simply plugged him in the jaw and knocked him down and out.
They slammed me right in irons then and said, "You are a case."
On bread and water then I lived for twenty-seven days.


One day the captain said, "Today I'll show you something nice;
All hands line up, we'll go ashore and have some exercise."
He made us run for seven miles as fast as we could run,
And with a packing on our back that weighed a half a ton.
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Some time ago when Uncle Sammy had a war with Spain,
And many of the boys in blue were in the battle slain,
Not all were killed by bullets, though, not by any means,
The biggest part that died were killed by Armour's Pork and Beans.



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