Ani Difranco's updated lyrics to Florence Reece's 1931 labor ballad, composed in the midst of a bloody Harlan County coal miners' organizing drive. Happy May Day!
These lyrics were written by folk trailblazer Woody Guthrie, and set to music by Martin Hoffman. Guthrie wrote these words on reading the story of 28 Mexican nationals who died in a plane crash while being flown back to Mexico. They were buried in an unmarked grave, their names unknown until 65 years later, when a remarkable piece of detective work brought them to light. The song is available on the album "til we outnumber 'em -- songs of Woody Guthrie," conceived by Ani DiFranco and featuring, among others, DiFranco, Tim Robbins, Country Joe McDonald, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Billy Bragg. (Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic). For more Songs of Immigration, Deportation and Identity, go here.