"One by One" as written by Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie....
I guess I planted some long lonesome seed of a song
Way down inside me long ago
And now I can't remember when it was
But it joined up with the rest of them and grows

It's such a little song it don't compare
With all your big ones you hear everywhere
But when it dawns way in the back of your mind
The big ones are made up of the little kind

Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now

I can't even start to look around me here
Without hearing this song
And seeing all of us first separated
Hurt apart and afraid

Hungry for the union
And so we kept on
Singing and working, fighting till we got it
And this is the big union song I guess I hear

Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now

We fought there at your place
We fought there on your ship
And I guess if you missed out on
The fight for our union

You missed out on one awful big step
Us people took

Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now

Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now


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"I Guess I Planted" as written by Woody Guthrie Billy Bragg

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    General Commenta man growing old, thinking of his true love while on his death bed?

    i always thought the song was too pretty for that explanation, but i can't shake that feeling when i listen to it.

    what a gorgeous tune, one of Tweedy's best vocal takes.
    tomautoon September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf you read the song from end to beginning, I think it shows the beginning of his life with his love up until her death. A very clever way or writing a song IMHO.
    shootermcgavinon May 08, 2008   Link

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