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There was once a scab named Joe

Whom looked for work were the pickets did go

He lived his own golden age

On double the normal wage

Until a starved Wobblie cracked his head with a Hoe
Another Limerick, I read that during the 1920's Industrial communities had a very healthy folk culture often revolving around strikes and disputes with bosses and coppers, so I though I'd give it a try.

Inspiration came from Utah Phillips rendition of Casey Jones (Union Scab) [link] (sorry couldn't find that version online)

Oh and the tone I'm going for is darkly comic as all good limericks should be.
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menapia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Nice, came across similar stuff in a book called "The little red song book" by  the I.W.W organiser Joe Hill, his song "The Preacher and the slave" is brill
Skargill Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually he didn't write all those songs, it was a collaboration, in fact the IWW still produce new editions with newer songs.

The Preacher and the Slave is one of his most famous and a personal favourite. I have a recording of it by "Haywire Mac" the first person to sing it publicly. I'll send you a link if you want.
I have a bunch more Wobbly stuff here…
menapia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I'd read some of the songs in a tattered I.W.W book my granddad gave me, it was around the time we were learning about the great 1913 Lockout at school.  Last year we had a monument put up in Wexford commemorating it and the help the Irish workers got from factory and mine workers across Scotland, Wales and northern England.

The artist and cartoonist Gerry Hunt just brought out a book on it and it shows just how desperate things got.  Thanks for the link.
Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha! Great limerick!
Skargill Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Really amusing!
fuckthescabs Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
This kicks serious ass
Skargill Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, and might I say you have a very good choice of names.
ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Writer
Neat limerick, dude.
Skargill Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate, appreciated.
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