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A New Prison Song; lyrics

Song: A New Prison Song
Lyrics: n/a

Music: to the tune of "We've Been Working on a Railroad"
Year: August 31, 1918 (1)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA

We've been starving in a workhouse(2),
All the livelong day.
We've been starving in a workhouse,
Just to pas the S.B.A.
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Don't you hear old Zinkham(3) calling
Rise up so early in the morn
Don't you see the Senate moving?
Woodrow, Blow your horn.(4)


1 - The art of citizenship: Suffrage literature as social pedagogy, appendix, E.2 Song Lyrics, by Maggie Amelia Rehm, University of Pittsburg 2011

2 - The Occoquan Workhouse (prison) was also known as the Lorton Reformatory, according to Wikipedia

3 - A zinkham is a jail warden

4 - Suffragist, 31, August 1918, p.9. This was a song sung by the Suffragists, imprisoned at the Occoquan Prison "workhouse" for protesting in front of the White House, under President Woodrow Wilson.