Pete Seeger Plays Pasadena: Oh you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union (video, lyrics)

by Comic Saenz on September 3, 2018 in Cultura, Video


America’s folk singer, Pete Seeger, tells a dressed-up crowd at Pasadena’s Rose Parade he’s “sticking to the union.” Words and music to Union Maid by Woody Guthrie.

Mira los lyrics:

There once was a union maid, she never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called,
And when the Legion boys come ’round
She always stood her ground.

Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union, I’m sticking to the union.
Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union ’til the day I die.

This union maid was wise to the tricks of company spies,
She couldn’t be fooled by a company stool, she’d always organize the guys.
She always got her way when she struck for better pay.
She’d show her card to the National Guard
And this is what she’d say

You gals who want to be free, just take a tip from me;
Get you a man who’s a union man and join the ladies’ auxiliary.
Married life ain’t hard when you got a union card,
A union man has a happy life when he’s got a union wife.

Whoa! Pete! A little misogynistic, wouldn’t you say?

[EDITOR’s NOTE: We have been unable to track down the date of this performance, although it looks to be from the late 50’s early 60’s. If you have more information, let us know!]

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