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Thread #15564   Message #818512
Posted By: 12-stringer
04-Nov-02 - 07:10 PM
Thread Name: Help: 'I've Got To Know' (Woody Guthrie)
Subject: ADD: I've Got to Know (Woody Guthrie)

(Woody Guthrie)

I've got to know, yes, I've got to know, friend
Hungry lips ask me wherever I go
Comrades and friends all a-falling around me
I've got to know, yes, I've got to know

1. Why do your war boats ride on my waters?
Why do your death bombs fall from my skies?
Tell me why did you burn my farm and my town down?
I've got to know , friend, I've got to know!

2. What makes your boats haul death to my people?
Nitro block busters, big cannons and guns?
Why doesn't your ship bring food and some clothing?
I've sure got to know, folks, I've sure got to know!

3. Why can't my two hands get a good pay job?
I can steel plow and plant, I can still sow!
Why did your lawbook chase me off my good land?
I'd sure like to know, friend, I've just got to know!

4. What good work did you do, I'd like to ask you,
To give you my money right out of my hands?
I built your big house here to hide from my people;
Why do you crave to hide so, I'd love to know!

5. You keep me in jail and you lock me in prison
Your hospital's jammed and your crazyhouse full;
What made your cop kill my trade union worker?
You have to talk plain, 'cause I sure have to know.

6. Why can't I get work and cash a big paycheck?
Why can't I buy things in your place and your store?
Why close my plant down and starve all my buddies?
I'm asking you sir, 'cause I've sure got to know!

(c) 1963, Ludlow Music, words and music by Woody Guthrie
(from The Nearly Complete Collection of Woody Guthrie Folk Songs, 1963, p 167-168)