The Preacher and the Slave, by Joe Hill, Played by Harry K.

The Preacher and the Slave, by Joe Hill, Played by Harry K.

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The Preacher and the Slave, Played by Harry K. McClintock
by Joe Hill
San Pedro, California
February 3, 1951

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[Sam Eskin] Did you know Joe Hill?

[Harry K. McClintock] Yeah, I knew him well, as well as anybody could be said to know him. He was a man of mystery. Nobody really knew the guy.

[Sam Eskiin] Where'd you first meet Joe Hill?

[Harry K. McClintock] Well, it was in Portland, Oregon.

[Sam Eskin] When was this?

[Harry K. McClintock] Uh, that was in the Fall of 1910. And incidentally, I had the honor of singing "The Preacher and the Slave" -- you know, the long-haired preacher song? Everybody knows that?

[Sam Eskin] Yeah.

[Harry K. McClintock] I had the honor of singing that for the first time in public. Joe brought it in and turned it over to the Secretary of the Portland Local of the IWW, and he got out a leaflet on it. And I think we sold at the second street meeting, at the first street meeting we weren't prepared. We didn't have ___. But at the second street meeting we sold over $30 of them at a dime or so, or whatever they wanted to contribute.

[Sam Eskin] So you were the first one to sing it?

[Harry K. McClintock] I was the first one to sing it in public.

[Sam Eskin] Sing it now!

[Harry K. McClintock] Long-haired preacher?

[Sam Eskin] Yeah!

[Harry K. McClintock] [Singing] Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked how about something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:

You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky, way up high,
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.

Holy rollers and jumpers come out
And they sing, and they clap, and they shout.
Give your money to Jesus they say,
He will cure all diseases today.

And you will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.

And the starvation army they play,
And they sing and they clap and they pray
'Till they get all your coin on the drum
But they'll tell you when you're on the bum:

You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky, way up high,
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.

Working men of all countries unite,
Side by side we for freedom will fight;
When this world and its wealth we have gained
To the grafters we'll sing this refrain:

You will eat, bye and bye,
When you've learned how to cook and to fry, and make a pie
Chop some wood, it'll do you good,
And you'll eat in the sweet bye and bye, you wise guy.
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