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Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

Spokane IWW

This is to the tune of "Revive Us Again", is in jig time, and was adapted by the Spokane IWW for use on the four tune song
card of 1908, preceding the first songbook by one year.

Why don't you work like other folks do,
How the hell can I work when there's no work to do?
                        (alt.:when the sky is so blue?)


Hallelujah, I'm a bum
Hallelujah, bum again
Hallelujah, give us a handout
To revive us again

Oh, why don't you save all the money you earn?
If I didn't eat, I'd have money to burn.


Whenever I get all the money I earn,
The boss will be broke, and to work he must turn


Oh I like my boss, he's a good friend of mine
That's why I am starving out on the breadline


When springtime it comes, oh won't we have fun
We'll throw off our jobs, and go on the bum.