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'"Casey Jonesthe Union Scab"' is a song, written by labor figure Joe Hill in San Pedro, California, shortly after the first day of a nationwide walkout of 40,000 railway employees in the Illinois Central shopmen's strike of 1911. It is a parody of the song

"The Ballad of Casey Jones" and is sung to its tune.

The Industrial Workers of the World (commonly known as the Wobblies) are an industrial union. Many of the railway workers were organized into the railway brotherhoods, which were craft unions.

The song was published in the 'Little Red Songbook' in 1912.

The song was included in a 2006 album of American folk songs "Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways" released by the Smithsonian Institution.

Recordings of Joe Hills lyrics exist by Utah Phillips, and by Pete Seeger; translations into foreign language include those in Russian, by Leonid Utyosov, and in Hungarian, by the Szirt Egyttes.

See also

* Wobbly lingo

* List of train songs


Category:Trade union songs

Category:1911 songs

Category:Songs with lyrics by Joe Hill (activist)

Category:Musical parodies

Category:American folk songs

Category:Train wreck ballads

Category:Songs based on actual events

Category:Songs about trains

Category:Songs about Casey Jones

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