"Joe Hill" as written by and Phil Ochs....
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you and me
Says I But Joe, you're ten years dead
I never died said he,
I never died said he.
The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
They shot you Joe says I

Takes more than guns to kill a man
Says Joe I didn't die
Says Joe I didn't die
And standing there as big as life
And smiling with his eyes

Says Joe What they can never kill
Went on to organize,
Went on to organize
From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill,
Where working-men defend there rights,
It's there you find Joe Hill,
It's there you find Joe Hill
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you and me.

Says I But Joe, you're ten years dead
I never died said he,
I never died said he


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"Joe Hill" as written by Phil Ochs

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  • +1
    General CommentThe missing verse from the original song, which Joan Baez may not have sung, but others did:

    "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."

    This verse goes after the one that ends "went on to organize."
    sunshipballoonson August 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love where it says, "Takes more than guns to kill a man." epic.
    BettyHolly1950on July 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjoe hill was a migrant worker and a labor activist. he was framed for murder and executed by firing squad.
    vadgeon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about the Swedish hero Joe Hill.
    Clay_Eastonon April 24, 2007   Link

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