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Father Was Killed by the Pinkerton Men

William W. Delaney
Language: English



‎'Twas in a Pennsylvania town not very long ago‎
Men struck against reduction of their pay
Their millionaire employer with philanthropic show
Had closed the works till starved they would obey.‎
They fought for home and right to live where they had toiled so long
But ere the sun had set some were laid low;‎
There're hearts now sadly grieving by that sad and bitter wrong
God help them for it was a cruel blow.‎

God help them tonight in their hour of affliction
Praying for him whom they'll ne'er see again‎
Hear the poor orphans tell their sad story
‎"Father was killed by the Pinkerton men."‎

Ye prating poiiticians, who boast protection creed,‎
Go to Homestead and stop the orphans' cry.‎
Protection for the rich man ye pander to his greed,‎
His workmen they are cattle and may die.‎
The freedom of the city in Scotland far away
Is presented to the millionaire suave,‎
But here in Free America with protection in full sway
His workmen get the freedom of the grave.‎

God help them tonight in their hour of affliction
Praying for him whom they'll ne'er see again
Hear the poor orphans tell their sad story
‎"Father was killed by the Pinkerton men."‎


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