41.
THE BALLAD OF PETE SEEGER

  (Tune: Wreck of the Old '97)

Well, they gave him his orders
Up at party headquarters,
Saying, "Pete, you're way behind the
  times,
This is not '38; this  is 1947,
And there's been a change in that old
  party line."

Well, it's a long, long haul
From "Greensleeves" to "Freiheit",
And the distance is more than long,
But that great outfit they call the
  People's Artists
Is on hand with those good old
People's songs.

Their motives are pure, their
  material is corny,
But their spirit will never be broke.
And they go right on in their great
  noble crusade --
Of teaching folk songs to the folk.
 

UNCLE SAMMY

Last night as I lay sleeping
A wondrous thought came to me.
I saw Uncle Sammy weeping
For his children from over the sea.

They came to him friendless and
  starving,
When from tyrant's oppression they
  fled,
But now they abuse and revile him
Until in just anger, he said:

CHORUS:
"If you don't like your Uncle Sammy
Then go back to your home o'er the
  sea,
To the land from which you came
Whatever be it's name.
But don't be ungrateful to me.
If you don't like the stars in Old
  Glory,
If you don't like the red, white and
  blue,
Then don't be like the cur in the
  story -
Don't bite the hand that's feeding
The hand that's feeding
The hand that's feeding you!"

BREAK THE NEWS TO MOTHER
  (civil war song)

T'was on the battlefield
The boys in blue were fighting
Their noble flag to shield.
Came the cry from their brave captain
"Look boys, our flag is down.
Who'll volunteer to save it from
  disgrace?"

"I will," a young boy shouted,
"I'll bring It back or die",
Then sprang into the thickest of the
  race,
Saved the flag but gave his young
  life 
All for his country's sake.
They brought him back and softly.
  heard him say:

CHORUS:
"Just break the news to mother,
She knows how dear I love her
And tell her not to wait for me
For I'm not coming home.
Just say there is no other
Can take the place of mother.
Then kiss her dear sweet lips for me
And break the news to her."

The general, in a moment, knelt down
  beside the boy,
Then gave a cry that shook all hearts
  that day.
"'Tis my son, my brave young hero,
I left you safe at home."
"Forgive me, father
For I ran away!"

CHORUS:


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