Two Tune Tuesday: Joe Hill

Posted by – March 15, 2011

Madison’s protests meet Women’s History Month, but how could I resist Paul Robeson’s version of “Joe Hill”, too? Damn: that one gives me shivers.

Still, folk singers of two generations: : Joan Baez’s “Joe Hill” was a huge deal at Woodstock, and Michelle Shocked performed at the Madison protests a couple of weekends ago. Here’s her “Quality of Mercy” (and you can read the lyrics here).

Honestly, I almost choked when I saw the images of Joe Hill at the first rally I went to; seeing his image was like going backwards & forwards in time at the same time.

1 Comment on Two Tune Tuesday: Joe Hill

  1. divadarya says:

    Joe Hill was a Swedish boy with a sense of justice, you betcha. I’m ready to go the barricades with the greedy bosses. God bless the workers of Wisconsin. Also, I adore Paul Robeson.

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