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Winning The Vote, song lyrics

Song: Winning The Vote
Lyrics: Mrs. A. B. Smith(1)

Music: n/a
Date: 1912(1)
Country: USA

I've been down to Madison
To see the folks and sights;
You'd laugh, I'm sure, to hear them talk
About the women's rights.
Now 'tis just as plain as my old hat,
That's plain as plain can be
That if the women want the vote,
They'll get no help from me.

Not from Joe, not from Joe;
If he knows it, not from Joseph;
No, no, no, not from Joe;
Not from me, I tell you no!

Say, friend Joseph, why not we
Should vote as well as you?
Are there no problems in the State
That need our wisdom too?
We must pay our taxes same as you;
As citizens be true.
And if some wicked thing we do,
To jail we're sent by you.

Yes we are, same as you;
And you know it, don't you Joseph?
Yes you do, yet you boast:
You'll not help us win the vote.
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But dear women, can't you see,
Your home is your true sphere?
Just think of going to the polls
Perhaps two times a year.
You are wasting time you ought to use
In sewing and at work,
Your h0me neglected all those hours;
Would you such duties shirk?

Help from Joe? Help from Joe?
If he knows it, not from Joseph;
No, no, no, not from Joe;
Not from me, I tell you no!

Joseph, tell us something new;
We're tired of that old song:
We'll sew the seams and cook the meals,
To vote won't take us long.
We will help clean house, the one too large,
For man to clean alone,
The State and Nation, don't you see,
When we the vote have own.

Yes we will, and you'll help,
For you'll need our help, friend Joseph;
Yes you will, when we're in,
So you'd better help us win.
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You're just right, how blind I've been,
I ne'er had seen it thus;
'Tis true that taxes you must pay
Without a word of fuss;
You are subject to the laws men made,
And yet no word or note,
Can you sing out where it will count,
I'll help you win the vote!

Yes I will. (GIRLS) Thank you Joe.
(ALL) We'll together soon be voters;
Yes we will, if you'll all
Vote "Yes" at the polls next fall.


1 - Published by, Busy World Publishing Co, Madison Wisconsin.

2 - The Liberated Woman's Songbook, by Jerry Silverman, 1971, p.50-51.