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Thread #32737   Message #1536949
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
07-Aug-05 - 11:38 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Jesse James I
Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF OCTOBER 16 (Almanac Singers)
And then there was.. (I sang this until the Viet Nam War ended.)

It was on a Saturday night,
The moon was shining bright,
That they passed the *conscription bill (* the draft)
And the people all did say from many miles away,
It was the president
And his boys on capital Hill.

Yes, Franklin Roosevelt
Told the people how he felt,
We damned near believed what he said,
"I hate war and so does Eleanor,
But we won't be safe 'til everybody's dead."

I was standin by his side
When my poor old father died,
And I swore to war I'd never go,
Now I'm eating army beans,
And I'm wearing army jeans,
And I'm told that J. P. Morgan loves me so.

Well, I've been all around this land,
An honest working man,
No clothes to wear and not much food to eat,
Now the government foots the bill,
Buys me clothes and feeds me swill,
Gets me shot and puts me underground six feet!

(from the Almanac Singers)

Art Thieme