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I Hate the Company Bosses

         A Song by Sarah Ogan Gunning

         I hate the company bosses
         I'll tell you the reason why
         They cause me so much suffering
         And my dearest friends to die

         Oh yes, I guess you wonder
         What they have done to me
         I'm going to tell you, mister
         My husband had T.B.

         Brought on by hard work and low wages
         And not enough to eat
         Going naked and hungry
         No shoes on his feet

         I guess you'll say he's lazy
         And did not want to work
         But I must say you're crazy
         For work he did not shirk

         My husband was a coal miner
         He worked and risked his life
         To try to support three children
         Himself, his mother, and wife

         I had a blue-eyed baby
         The darling of my heart
         But from my little darling
         Her mother had to part

         These mighty company bosses
         They dress in jewels and silk
         But my darling blue-eyed baby
         She starved to death for milk

         I had a darling mother
         For her I often cry
         But with them rotten conditions
         My mother had to die

         Well, what killed your mother
         I heard these bosses say
         Dead of hard work and starvation
         My mother had to pay

         Well, what killed your mother
         Oh tell us, if you please
         Excuse me, it was pellagra
         That starvation disease

         They call this the land of plenty
         To them I guess it's true
         But that' s to the company bosses
         Not workers like me and you

         Well, what can I do about it
         To these men of power and might
         I tell you, company bosses
         I'm going to fight, fight, fight

         What can we do about it
         To right this dreadful wrong
         We're all going to join the union
         For the union makes us strong