This Machine Kills Fascists

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This Machine Kills Fascists


He was the dust bowl troubadour

A Socialist down to the core

Resist the rich protect the poor

This machine Kills Fascists


Dylan, Ochs and Johnny Cash

Seeger, Strummer, Billy Bragg

All of them would raise his flag

This Machine Kills Fascists


He plied his trade on Texas streets

Busking to earn some money to eat

Harmonica blues and folk heartbeat

This Machine Kills Fascists


Migrated to Cali-forn-i-a

No jobs to work just bills to pay

Writing his songs every day

This Machine Kills Fascists


From Oklahoma bound for glory

Telling a true working class story

Rebel heart and outlawry

This Machine Kills Fascists


This Land is Your Land it was said

Kept a roof over his head

He hated Hitler, wished him dead

This Machine Kills Fascists


He left this earth in sixty-seven

Measure well the gifts he’s given

Woody Guthrie sings in heaven

This Machine Kills Fascists


He was never a communist

He was simply an activist

He just asked you to raise your fists

This Machine Kills Fascists

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 21st May 2020 15:10

thanks for the comments Martin - I'm very well thank you - hope you and yours are keeping well too 😃
Woody Guthrie really was a true folk hero - I'm hoping to use a version of this as a song on Bard Company's next album - will need a bit of rework and a studio opening (!) but that's the plan
Keep safe mate
and thanks to others who 'liked' the poem - I appreciate it

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Martin Elder

Wed 20th May 2020 17:26

Yep he certainly was one of a kind not really interested in image or style just in singing his songs. A true folk legend

Nice one Ian
hope you are keeping well mate

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