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Thread #31437   Message #3864403
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Jul-17 - 04:54 AM
Thread Name: Origins: You Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley
Subject: ADD: You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union(Guthrie)

You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union

Adaptation by Woody Guthrie

You gotta go down and join the union
You gotta join it for youself
Aint nobody here can join it for you
You gotta go down and join the union for yourself

Brother's going down to join the union
He's gotta join it for himself
Aint nobody here can join it for him
He's gotta go down and join the union for himself

Sister's going down to join the union
She's gotta join it for herself
Aint nobody here can join it for her
She's gotta go down and join the union for herself

I'm going down to join the union
I'm going to join it for myself
Aint nobody here can join it for me
I'm going down to join the union for myself

We're going down to join the union
We're going to join it for ourselves
Aint nobody here can join it for us
We're going down to join the union for ourselves

Though the roads be rough and rocky
And the hills be steep and high
We will sing as we go marching
And we'll join the One Big Union by and by

You gotta go down and join the union
You gotta join it for youself
Aint nobody here can join it for you
You gotta go down and join the union for yourself

Notes

Woody adapted this song from the well known gospel song:

Lonesome Valley

You got to walk that lonesome valley
You got to walk it by yourself;
There's no one here can walk it for you
You got to walk it for yourself.

Some say John, he was a Baptist
But I say he was a Jew
It's written there, for all to see it
That he had the gospel too.

Though you cannot preach like Peter
And you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus
You can tell He died for all.

Jesus walked that lonesome valley etc.


Source: http://unionsong.com/u026.html

Woody Guthrie Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN8kGzHH00I