The crown titled upon the head
Of a few mine owners
While the working masses suffered at the hands of them
The United Mine Workers of America
Neglected to fulfill its obligation
To represent the workers' interest
Of better wages and conditions..
UMWA was a tight affiliate
Of the companies all along
So the One Big Union stepped into the Valley
And answered to the struggle's call
They rallied the miners and their families
To trust the powers held within the production's mean
On the 24th of May, the workers organized
A walkout in pursuit of a better life..
One by one, they marched out of the mines
Trading their pickaxes for the picket line
Chanting, "No more shall
This place be known – as Hell's Hole!"
The mine operators openly refused
To negotiate with O.B.U.
Instead they employed a special brigade
Of constables to bust the strikers' parade..
A ten dollar daily wage was given to these goons
Along with brass knuckles, crowbars, and booze
With the intent to break the back
of the strike, they purged a ruthless attack
On patrol the "special services" coerced
Forcing the strikers back to work
If met with resistance, the outcome was grave
Often leading to a bloody fate
While the passives were hauled back to the coalfields
The others were beaten and abandoned in the hills
As conflict escalated, houses were raided
Not one place in the valley could you find a safe haven..
One by one, they were beaten down
The movement was busted and burnt to the ground
All in the name of retaining control
of Hell's hole..
In September the strike met its bitter end
The spirit was trampled but not left for dead
In the wake of violence, division was born
Ushering in the Valley's union civil war
For the next thirty years tensions kept a-brew
Until worker demands were introduced
All thanks to the efforts of the labour unrest
Help transform Hell's Hole
into the Wonderland of the West!
Contributed by giorgio - 2013/2/9 - 15:34
Note for non-Italian users: Sorry, though the interface of this website is translated into English, most commentaries and biographies are in Italian and/or in other languages like French, German, Spanish, Russian etc.