• The Left Chapter

Joe Hill IWW Hero - Born October 7, 1879

With music by Paul Robeson

Joe Hill, the IWW union organizer and hero, murdered by the bosses in Utah in 1915, was born on this day in Sweden in 1879.


I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,

Alive as you or me

Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead,"

"I never died," says he.

"I never died," says he.


"In Salt Lake, Joe," says I to him,

Him standing by my bed,

"They framed you on a murder charge,"

Says Joe, "But I ain't dead,"

Says Joe, "But I ain't dead."


"The copper bosses killed you, Joe,

They shot you, Joe," says I.

"Takes more than guns to kill a man,"

Says Joe, "I didn't die,"

Says Joe, "I didn't die."


And standing there as big as life

And smiling with his eyes

Says Joe, "What they forgot to kill

Went on to organize,

Went on to organize."


"Joe Hill ain't dead," he says to me,

"Joe Hill ain't never died.

Where working men are out on strike

Joe Hill is at their side,

Joe Hill is at their side."


From San Diego up to Maine,

In every mine and mill -

Where working men defend their rights

It's there you'll find Joe Hill.

It's there you'll find Joe Hill.


I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,

Alive as you or me

Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead",

"I never died," says he.

"I never died," says he.