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I Never Died Said He

Joe Hill

Joe Hill

November 19, 2015 will mark exactly 100 years since Joe Hill was killed by a Utah Firing squad. In remembrance many events are being planned across the United States, and in other countries as well, between now and the end of the year to celebrate Hill’s life and work.  Many of these events can be found listed on this website.  I think that several sound particularly interesting. These events include

Joe Hill Road Show

Joe Hill Road Show

The Joe Hill Road Show, check the website to see if it will be in a city near you.

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A memorial concert headlined by Judy Collins to be held in Sugar House Park (site of old Utah State prison where Hill was shot) to be held on September 5th.  Here are more details

a day-long celebration of Joe Hill’s life and work Saturday, Sept. 5, at Sugarhouse Park (which stands on the site of the prison where Joe Hill was held and executed) in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Noon to 8 p.m. Judy Collins, Mark Ross, Anne Feeney, David Rovics, Mischief Brew, Joe Jencks, and many more. Free.

And on November 19 a candle light vigil to be held in Salt Lake City to commemorate the execution.  I would encourage learning more about Hill and participation in the memorial events.  Remember what Hill said, “Don’t mourn, Organize!”

The Ballad of Joe Hill
by Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me:
Said I, but Joe you’re ten years dead;
I never died said he.
I never died said he.

In Salt Lake, Joe, Great God, said I,
Him standing by my bed;
They framed you on a murder charge,
Said Joe but I ain’t dead;
Said Joe but I ain’t dead.

The copper bosses framed you Joe
They shot you Joe said I;
Takes more than guns to kill a man,
Said Joe I did not die.
Said Joe I did not die.

Joe Hill ain’t dead he says to me,
Joe Hill ain’t never died;
Where working men are out on strike,
Joe Hill is at their side,
Joe Hill is at their side.

And standing there as big as life
A-smiling with his eyes.
Said Joe, what they forgot to kill
Went on to organize,
Went on to organize!

From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill –
Where working men defend their rights
It’s there you’ll find Joe Hill.
It’s there you’ll find Joe Hill.

 

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