Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Of Union Tunes And Roses

The Pulaski High School marching band of Pulaski, WI (pop.3000) was invited to play in yesterday's legendary Rose Parade, and so they did choosing "On Wisconsin" as one of their tunes...naturally. Decked out in red and white they represented Badger fans proudly when they came on the television...and then something unusual happened.

When they got to the grandstand (time 1:22), they stopped walking, faced the grandstand and changed tunes to the announcers delight...to a little ditty written by Woody Guthrie called "Union Maid" a good ol' pro-union song. Of course the announcers had no idea what the song was but a few old union members did.

The lyrics go like this:

Union MaidWords and Music by Woody Guthrie
There once was a union maid, she never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called,
And when the Legion boys come 'round
She always stood her ground.
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,
I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union.
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,
I'm sticking to the union 'til the day I die.
This union maid was wise to the tricks of company spies,
She couldn't be fooled by a company stool, she'd always organize the guys.
She always got her way when she struck for better pay.
She'd show her card to the National Guard
And this is what she'd say
You gals who want to be free, just take a tip from me;
Get you a man who's a union man and join the ladies' auxiliary.
Married life ain't hard when you got a union card,
A union man has a happy life when he's got a union wife.