CIO News, November 24, 1947

(As indicated earlier, in order to win the contest for a prize furnished house, Jess had written a "bootlicking" number that was selected as the winner. However, in the interim before the presentation of the prize, he learns how his "sellout" has jeopardized the livelihoods of his fellow employees. As a result, when the time comes to present his prize-winning number before the assembled audience of Maybe workers, he sings, instead:)

Herein assembled is one big family -
Met in the happy shade of Maybe's fam'ly tree.
I'm the minstrel chosen to sing the fam'ly song -
Forgive me if I make some changes
As I go along.

I had the music all twisted upside down,
So where it said, "Stand like a man,"
I crawled upon the ground.
The lesson was a hard one -
I learned it kind of late.
But fam'ly hear me sing it now -
I think at last I've got it straight.


If you add up all the fifty thousand on the floor,
You've got fifty thousand items, but you haven't got a store.
Take away the people -
The whole thing falls apart.
For without the touch of the worker's hand,
The store is without a heart.

It takes the cleaners and stenographers,
And the folks on the stockroom crew.
And the thousand-and-one
Who make a big store run
In whatever the job they do.

If you add a thousand workers, but they're each one for himself,
You've got just a thousand items like the items on a shelf.
Take away the union -
The whole thing falls apart.
For without the help of the union's hand,
You're finished before you start.

It takes the people in a single plan
To fight for the common good.
And if there's gonna be a happy family,
It's in union brotherhood!

So get your orders ready, 'cause I'm selling union now.
Just one to ev'ry customer is all we can allow.
There's no other future -
No other way will do.
Stand united by your dreams -
In union, they'll come true!

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