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  1. Mother Jones

From the recording Mother Jones

This tune began as a 1960s style protest song. Mother Jones herself was a real historical character who attained fame by her valiant fight against the oppression of the coal bosses during the miners’ strikes of the 19th century. She advocated singing while being dragged off to jail. This practice emboldened the miners and gave them courage in the face of adversity. At the time of its original conception, this song had numerous verses retelling the whole saga of the miners strike and the role played by Mother Jones in it, but in the fullness of time it has dropped most of the outboard histrionics and has emerged as a protestant hymn about the conflict between feelings of hope and the inevitability of death.

Lyrics

Mother Jones
 
Aahooh, aahooh, wah, wahooh, aahooh.
 
I remember Mother Jones,
about seventy-five years old.
She lifted us when we was down,
when there was no other help to be found.
 
You gotta sing, little lady, sing!
We gotta bring together everything.
Let the bells in the tower ringing make you free!
Because of what you believe.
 
Now we’re all alone,
like a dog without no bone.
No place to call my home,
no one to call my own.
 
I’m gonna sing about tomorrow, sing!
‘Cause it’s the end of everything.
Let the bells in the tower ringing make you free!
Because of what you believe in,
because of what you believe in,
what you believe.
 
Aahooh, aahooh, wah, wahooh, aahooh.
.
Sing, little lady, sing!
Bring together everything.
Sing that jailhouse down and be free!
Sing that jailhouse down and be free!
 
Now we’s getting old,
and we got’s no place to go.
The winter it is coming on,
and all of our friends is gone.
Now we’re all alone,
your body has gone cold.
 
We’re gonna sing about tomorrow sing!
‘Cause it’s the end of everything.
May the coming of the judgment day make you free
because of what you believe,
because of what you believe,
because of what you believe in.