1913 MASSACRE

Latest update on 01/03/2018

Artist: Woody Guthrie
Author: Woody Guthrie
Label: Asch
Year: 1945

Dylan about Woody: "Listening to his songs is learn how to live, how to feel; he was like a guide. I couldn't believe I had never heard of him before." Woody to Dylan: "The words are the important thing. Don't worry about the tunes. Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow and you've got a new tune." This tune reminds Aunt Mollie Jackson's version of One Morning In May; see: The Nightingale.

Covers:

1959:

Rambling Jack Elliott

1962:

Bob Dylan [as Song To Woody; same tune, as a tip of the hat and one verse from Woody's Pastures Of Plenty]

1964:

Judy Collins [as Wild Rippling Water]

1973:

Arlo Guthrie

2004:

Jules Shear

On Christmas day 1913 in Calumet, Michigan, copper miners on strike had a solidarity gathering with their families when hired strike breakers blocked the doors and shouted "Fire". Widespread panic caused the death of 73 children. This typecase of anti-unionism was bluntly overlooked in most American history books, reason enough for Woody to write a song.

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