Friday, May 2, 2014

via @anoleus…@drweissinger sings the sorrows of Nassau County #adjuncts

…a wrenching lament reworking Malvina Reynolds' lyrics for"Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter" (music by Pete Seeger). This is the real #NCC news, not what you get from today's Newsday. For the rest of the real Nassau adjunct news, read Frank Reiser's blog, Adjunctsaurus. There's more from the rest of us on blogs, Democracy Chronicles' March of the PhDs, Ana Fores' Adjunct Justice and other social media. I'll be blogging and Storifying it at greater length. For now, let's make this a short post day—just listen and share. Then find something to do besides talking about what can't be done or what someone else should do.


Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter
Notes: words by Malvina Reynolds, music by Pete Seeger; copyright 1963 Abigail Music Company, renewed ---------? 1991. Based on a published letter in a labor newspaper by a coal miner's wife.

Dear Mister Editor if you choose,
Please send me a copy of the labor news.
I've got a son in the Infantry,
And he's be mighty glad to see
That someone, somewhere, now and then,
Thinks about the lives of the mining men,
In Perry County.

In Perry County and thereabout
We miners simply had to go out.
It was long hours, substandard pay,
Then they took our contract away.
Fourteen months is a mighty long time
To face the goons from the picket line
In Perry County.

I'm twenty-six years a miner's wife,
There's nothing harder than a miner's life,
But there's no better man than a mining man,
Couldn't find better in all this land.
The deal they get is a rotten deal,
Mountain greens and gravy meal,
In Perry County.

We live in barns that the rain comes in
While operators live high as sin,
Ride Cadillac cars and drink like a fool
While our kids lack clothes to go to school.
Sheriff Combs he has it fine,
He runs the law and owns a mine
In Perry County.

What operator would go dig coal
For even fifty a day on the mine pay-roll!
Why, after work my man comes in
With his wet clothes frozen to his skin,
Been digging coal so the world can run
And operators can have their fun
In Perry County.

When folks sent money to the Hazard Press
To help the strikers in distress,
They gave that money, yours and mine,
To the scabs who crossed the picket line,
And the state militia and the F.B.I.
Just look on while miners die
In Perry County.

I believe the truth will out some day
That we're fighting for jobs at decent pay.
We're just tired of doing without,
And that's what the strike is all about,
And it helps to know that folks like you
Are telling the story straight and true,
About Perry County.

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