(chorus) So fight for your class all at one time And don’t be a scab to get pearls And stop their machines in One Big Union The Industrial Workers of the World.
(verses) There once was a union builder, his name was Bill Haywood He organized mines in Utah, so workers could get more food He fought in Colorado, in Denver and Cripple Creek The bosses tried to shoot him, but Big Bill could not be beat. (chorus)
They put his men in bull-pens and broke into their homes The rich formed vigilantes and tried to gun Bill down They framed him for a killing and chained him by his feet But workers rallied ‘round him, and Big Bill could not be beat. (chorus)
He spoke to textile workers who came from many lands He told them that the wage system was what enslaved all of them And when World War broke out, he fought for his free speech And ‘though the bosses jailed him, Big Bill could not be beat. (chorus)
So workers if you’re laid off and walking streets in despair Remember Bill Bill’s teachings and don’t fear “sabotage” The bosses tried to crush him, but his spirit was too deep And all the striking workers know that Big Bill could not be beat. (chorus)
The Big Bill Haywood biographical folk song was written during the 1970s, after I read TheAutobiography of Big Bill Haywood. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) still exists in this 21st-century “era of permanent war and blogging” and has a website at the following link: