Ludlow Massacre Words and Music by Woody Guthrie. It was early springtime when the strike was on, They drove us miners out of doors, Out from the houses that the Company owned, We moved into tents up at old Ludlow. I was worried bad about my children, Soldiers guarding the railroad bridge, Every once in a while a bullet would fly,
Songfacts®: Woody Guthrie wrote a song about a massacre of 1913, which although an horrific accident with appalling loss of life was not really a massacre. The following year though there was a bona fide massacre in Ludlow, Colorado on what was to become one of the most shameful days in one of the most shameful periods of American labor relations. This is a long and involved story but at this time many American miners lived in towns that were literally built by the mining companies.
“Ludlow Massacre” by Woody Guthrie was written and released as a single in 1944. It’s written as a first person account of the event. The Ludlow Massacre was a watershed in U.S. labor relations.
Woody Guthrie Ludlow Massacre The Asch Recordings Vol. 3 (1944) www.woodyguthrie.com
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Refers to the violent deaths of 20 people, 11 of them children, during an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miner...
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Woody Guthrie Lyrics. "Ludlow Massacre". It was early springtime that the strike was on. They moved us miners out of doors. Out from the houses that the company owned. We moved into tents at old Ludlow. I was worried bad about my children. Soldiers guarding the railroad bridge. Every once in a while a bullet would fly.