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Count Your Workers, Count Them! song lyrics

Song: Count Your Workers, Count Them!
Lyrics: Joe Hill(1)

Music: to the tune of "Count Your Blessings"
Year: 1912
Genre: Folk
Country: USA

An employment shark one day I went to see,
And he said, "Come in and buy a job from me;
Just a couple of dollars for an office fee,
But the job is steady-and the fare is free."

Count your pennies- count them one by one,
Then you'll plainly see how "easy you are done."
Count your pennies, take them in your hand,
Sneak into a "Jap's" and get a coffee and-


I shipped out-and worked-and slept in lousy bunks,
And the grub !-It stunk as bad as nineteen skunks.
When I worked a week the boss he said one day,
"You're too tired, you're fired, go and get your pay."
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When I went to get my pay, Oh, Holy Gee!
Road and School and Poll tax-and Hospital fee,
Then I nearly fainted and I lost my sense .
When the clerk he said, "You owe me fifty cents."


When I got back to town with blisters on my feet,
There I saw a fellow speaking on the street,
And he said, it is the workers' own mistake-
If they'd stick together they'd get all they make!
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And he says, Who'll come and join our union grand,
Who will be the first-to join our "fighting" band?
Write me out a card, says I, right here, by gee!
The Industrial Workers is the "dope" for me!

(Final CHORUS:)
Count your workers, count them one by one
Stand! we'll show the bosses how it's really done
Stand together, Workers -- Hand in Hand!
Then you'll never have to live on coffee an'.


1 - For more information on the life and death of Joe Hill in Wikipedia.

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