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Posted By: Rog Peek
18-Jul-08 - 02:11 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ballad of Joe Hill
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Joe Hill
I have recordings of four songs about Joe Hill:
Joe Hill's Ashes by Mark Levy
Calling Joe Hill by Ray Hearne
Joe Hill sung by Earl Robinson
Joe Hill by Phil Ochs

One of the recordings I have of Phil Ochs singing his song has a very 'Ochs' intro:

"Here's the story of Joe Hill who was a song writer. Came over from Sweden to America at the turn of the century, and uh..... joined the Industrial Workers of the World, The Wobblies, noted left wing union of the times, and uh...... became a sort of a minor left wing hero, and then one day, he was accused of murder and he became a major left wing hero. He was accused of murder in Utah, and you know where Utah's at. So uh, he had to pay, with his life, back then, and uh here's a song about that, sort of like a folk ballad to the tune of John Hardy. The song by the way has been made into a movie, starring Richard Burton as Joe Hill, and Elizabeth Taylor plays the Industrial Workers of the World.


I also have a lovely recording of Utah Phillips, bless his soul, giving a little of the history of Joe Hill's fate which concludes with 'Joe Hill's Last Will'.