About the Song
Here is Woody's original third verse to the song:
You gals who want to be free, just take a tip from me
Get you a man who's a union man and join the ladies' auxiliary
Married life ain't hard when you got a union card
A union man has a happy life when he's got a union wife.
Today many women (teachers, nurses, food workers, etc.) represent the majority of union members. As a result, Woody's verse doesn't sit well with many today.
In place of the above verse, we included in Rise Up Singing a new feminist verse by Cappie Israel.
You women who want to be free, take a little tip from me
Break outa that mold we've all been sold, you got a fighting hist-to-ree
The fight for women's rights with workers must unite
Like Mother Jones, move those bones to the front of every fight!
Oh, You Can’t Fool Me (I’m Gonna Vote Now)
[words modified in 2020 by Henry Kahn from Charlotte NC from “Union Maid” (W Guthrie); music from “Redwing” (trad.)]
There was a suburban dame sho tried to play the game
Of bein’ so smart and keepin’ apart from the poor lower classes that she could blame.
She almost took the line that the KKK was fine
But she got wise and opened her eyes to the love that sets us free.
Oh, you can’t fool me. I’m gonna vote now
I’ve turned the corner. I’m gonna vote now
Come along with me. Get on our boat now
We’ll sail together on freedom’s sea.
There once was a lonely guy who bought into the lie
Of the rumor mills & corporate shills & the crooked politicians that they could buy
He wrapped himself in a flag & put his head in a bag
But he got smart and opened his heart to the love that sets us free.