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Thread #17514   Message #3290683
Posted By: Jim Dixon
14-Jan-12 - 05:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Paper Heart (Si Kahn)
Subject: Lyr Add: PAPER HEART (Si Kahn)
Some of the links in the following lyrics go to Wikipedia; others go to, which has the text for lots of songs by Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan & Doc Watson.

As sung by Si Kahn on "Don't Mourn -- Organize! Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill" (Smithsonian/Folkways SF 40026, 1990)

1. There's a long, long line of people tryin' to keep from cryin'.
There's always someone dyin', but today's just not the same.
There's a man shot dead in Utah with a paper heart pinned on him,
Framed up without pardon; I guess you know his name.

CHORUS: Well you say you saw him out last night, but I hear him ev'ry day
In the voices of the people, in the songs they sing and play.
They framed him up and they shot him down.
This whole wide world's his buryin' ground,
But the songs of the working people are his marking stone.

2. If heaven is one big union, I know that's where I'll find him:
Playing cards with Big Bill Haywood, telling jokes with Mother Jones,
Casey Jones and long-haired preachers, Mr. Block and Scissor Bill
Sent to hell a-flyin' by songs no one can kill. CHORUS