Two Good Men (Sacco and Vanzetti)

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Say, there, did you hear the news?
Sacco worked at trimming shoes;
Vanzetti was a traveling man,
Pushed his cart round with his hands.

Two good men a long time gone,
Sacco, Vanzetti a long time gone,
Two good men a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song.

Sacco was born across the sea
Somewhere over in Italy;
Vanzetti was born of parents fine,
Drank the best Italian wine.
Sacco sailed the sea one day,
Landed up in Boston Bay;
Vanzetti sailed the ocean blue,
And Ended up in Boston, too.

Two good men a long time gone,
Sacco, Vanzetti a long time gone,
Two good men a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song.

Sacco was a family man
Sacco's wife three children had,
Vanzetti was a dreaming man,
His books were always in his hand.
Sacco earned his bread and butter
Being the factory's best shoe cutter;
Vanzetti spoke both day and night,
Showing the people how to fight.

Two good men a long time gone,
Sacco, Vanzetti a long time gone,
Two good men a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song.

I'll tell you if you ask me
'Bout the payroll robbery;
Two clerks shot by the shoe factory
On the street in South Braintree.
Judge, he told his friends around
He would put them damn old rebels down;
Anarchist bastards was the name
The judge he gave these two fine men.

Two good men a long time gone,
Sacco, Vanzetti a long time gone,
Two good men a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song.

Vanzetti docked here in '98;
He slept along a dirty street,
Showed the people how to organize
And on the electric chair he dies.
All us people oughta be
Just like Sacco and Vanzetti;
And every day find some ways to fight
On the union side for workers' rights.

Two good men a long time gone,
Sacco, Vanzetti a long time gone,
Two good men a long time gone
Left me here to sing this song.

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from Dawn of the Reds, released September 14, 2008
Written by Woody Guthrie (1945).

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