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Words by Woody Guthrie
Music by Billy Bragg and Wilco
From Mermaid Avenue Volume 3


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Paul Robeson, he's the man
C
That faced the Ku Klux Klan
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On hollow grove's golfing ground
               D
His words come sounding


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And all around him there
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To jump and clap and cheer
G                D
I sent the best, the best I had
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My thirty thousand


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The Klansman leader said
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That Paul would lose his head
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When thirty five thousand vets
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Broke up that concert


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But less than four thousand came
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To side with the Klan
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But around Paul's lonesome oak
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My thirty thousand


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A beersoaked brassy band
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Did snortle round the grounds
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Four hundred noblest souls
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Westchester's manhood


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And they looked exactly like
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The fleas on a tiger's back
G                D
Lost fish in the waters of
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My thirty thousand


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When Paul had sung and gone
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And the kids and babies home
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Cops came with guns and clubs
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And they clubbed and beat 'em


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Well, I'd hate to be a cop
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Caught with a bloody stick
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'Cause you can't bash the brains
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Out of thirty thousand


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Each eye you tried to gouge
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Each skull you tried to crack
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Has a thousand, thousand friends
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Around this green grass


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If you furnish the skull someday
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I'll pass out the clubs and guns
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To the billion hands that love
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My thirty thousand


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Each wrinkle on your face
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I know it at a glance
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You cannot run and hide
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Nor duck nor dodge them


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And your carcass and your deeds
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Will fertilize the seeds
G                    D
Of the men that stood to guard
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My thirty thousand
G                    D
Of the men that stood to guard
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My thirty thousand
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