Almanac Singers "Whide Side Are You On?"
Written by Florence Reece

Come all of you good workers -
Good news to you I'll tell,
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell.


Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

(Repeat after each verse)

My daddy was a miner,
And I'm a miner's son.
And I'll stick with the union
'Til every battle's won.

They say in Harlan County,
There are no neutrals there.
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair.

Oh workers can you stand it -
Oh tell me how you can?
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

Don't scab for the bosses -
Don't listen to their lies.
Us poor folks haven't got a chance
Unless we organize.

Also included on their Talking Union album, the Almanacs adapted this song by Florence Reece, wife of a coal miner in Harlan County, Kentucky, written during a violent strike in 1931. It was quickly picked up by northern radicals sympathetic to the strikers.

Illustration: Songs of the Almanac Singers (Bob Miller, 1942)

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