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Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter

Malvina Reynolds
Language: English



Dear Mister Editor, if you choose please send me a copy of the 'Labor News'
I've got a son in the Infantry and he'd be mighty glad to see
That somebody somewhere now and then thinks of the lives of the mining men
In Perry County

In Perry County and hereabout the miners simply had to go out
It was long hours and sub-standard pay, then they took our contract away
And now fourteen months is a mighty long time to face the goons on the picket line
In Perry County

I'm twenty-six years a miners wife, there's nothing harder than a miner's life
But there's no better man than a mining man, you couldn't find better in all this land
The deal they get is a rotten deal, mountain greens and gravy meal
In Perry County

We live in shacks that the rain comes in while the operators live high as sin
Ride Cadillac cars and drink like a fool while our kids lack clothes to go to school
Sheriff Combes he has it fine, he runs the law and he owns a mine
In Perry County

I believe the truth will out some day that we're fighting for jobs at decent pay
Why, after work my man comes in with his wet clothes frozen to his skin
Digging coal so the world can run and operators can have their fun
In Perry County


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