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The Preacher and the Slave, or Pie in the Sky, or Long Haired Preachers

Joe Hill
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OriginalTraduzione svedese 2 / Swedish translation 2 / Svensk översättning 2...
THE PREACHER AND THE SLAVE, OR PIE IN THE SKY, OR LONG HAIRED PREACHERS

Long-haired preachers come out every night
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right
But when asked how 'bout something to eat
They will answer in voices so sweet

You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land above the sky
- Way up high!
Work and pray, live on hay
You'll get pie in the sky when you die
- that's a lie!


And the Starvation Army, they play
And they sing and they clap and they pray
Till they get all your coin on the drum
Then they tell you when you're on the bum

You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land above the sky
- Way up high!
Work and pray, live on hay
You'll get pie in the sky when you die
- that's a lie!


Holy Rollers and Jumpers come out
And they holler, they jump and they shout
Give your money to Jesus, they say
He will cure all diseases today

You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land above the sky
- Way up high!
Work and pray, live on hay
You'll get pie in the sky when you die
- that's a lie!


If you fight hard for children and wife
Try to get something good in this life
You're a sinner and bad man, they tell
When you die you will sure go to hell.

You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land above the sky
- Way up high!
Work and pray, live on hay
You'll get pie in the sky when you die
- that's a lie!


Workingmen of all countries, unite
Side by side we for freedom will fight
When the world and its wealth we have gained
To the grafters we'll sing this refrain

You will eat, bye and bye
When you've learned how to cook and how to fry
Chop some wood, 'twill do you good
Then you'll eat in the sweet bye and bye
- that's no lie!


PRÄSTEN OCH SLAVEN

Feta präster stod upp i vårt mitt:
»Lär dig skilja på svart och på vitt.«
När du tiggde om mat i din nöd
såg de fromt på ditt stenhårda bröd.

Du får mat, saligt mör.
Du får sjunga i himmelens kör.
Bed och slit! Gnag din bit!
Du får smör ovanför när du dör.

Och de talte med tungor till tröst
och med sirapslen frimickelröst
att de trogna skall skåda en syn
se ett festbord därovan i skyn.

Du får mat, saligt mör.
Du får sjunga i himmelens kör.
Bed och slit! Gnag din bit!
Du får smör ovanför när du dör.

Om för frugan och barnen du gnor
om du gör nånting gott som du tror
får du veta att syndarens död
skall dig vänta i helvetets glöd.

Du får mat, saligt mör.
Du får sjunga i himmelens kör.
Bed och slit! Gnag din bit!
Du får smör ovanför när du dör.

Arbetsbröder, vak upp och slå till!
Vi kan skapa en värld om vi vill.
De skall höra oss innan vi dör
vi skall sjunga för dem i vår kör.

Du får mat, saligt mör.
Du får sjunga i himmelens kör.
Bed och slit! Gnag din bit!
Du får smör ovanför när du dör.
Nota al testo / Note to lyrics


The chorus is sung in a call and response pattern.

You will eat [You will eat] bye and bye [bye and bye]
In that glorious land above the sky [Way up high]
Work and pray [Work and pray] live on hay [live on hay]
You'll get pie in the sky when you die [That's a lie!]


Thus the final verse becomes

You will eat [You will eat] bye and bye [bye and bye]
When you've learned how to cook and how to fry [How to fry]
Chop some wood [Chop some wood], 'twill do you good [do you good]
Then you'll eat in the sweet bye and bye [That's no lie]


The fourth verse is not normally sung today, probably because of the reference to "children and wife" not being gender-neutral. Other variations include changing the second line of the chorus to "In that glorious land up in the sky" and the last line of the third verse to "And you will eat on that glorious day." Workingmen is normally changed to working folks, as well. The above lyrics are from the 19th edition of the Little Red Songbook.

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