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We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years

by Utah Phillips

Recorded live before an audience of striking Canadian telecommunications workers, this rousing album of IWW (Industrial Workers of the World/Wobblies) songs and stories tells about working class culture.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. The Boss
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2. We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years
2:05 $0.99
3. Sheep and Goats
1:01 $0.99
4. The Timberbeast's Lament
1:38 $0.99
5. Dump the Bosses Off Your Back
4:13 $0.99
6. The Lumberjack's Prayer
1:48 $0.99
7. Mr. Block
4:24 $0.99
8. The Preacher and the Slave
4:12 $0.99
9. The Popular Wobbly
2:03 $0.99
10. Casey Jones '” The Union Scab
2:56 $0.99
11. Where the Fraser River Flows
2:52 $0.99
12. Bread and Roses
2:55 $0.99
13. Joe Hill
4:13 $0.99
14. Union Burying Ground
3:32 $0.99
15. The Two Bums
0:54 $0.99
16. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!
5:33 $0.99
17. Solidarity Forever
4:29 $0.99
18. There Is Power in a Union
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Album Notes
Utah Phillips has crafted a fascinating show out of his life. In the course of seventy years he has labored as a dishwasher, archivist, printer, and warehouseman; soldiered in the Korean War; lived as a tramp (he is still a Grand Duke of Hoboes), and for the past 36 years made his way telling stories and singing songs. He has the wit, humor, bite, and intelligence of a Mark Twain or a Will Rogers, and behind his "Everyman" appearance is a consummate artist. Peppered with one-liners and offhand philosophical commentary, Utah's revealing stories, about such spirited American characters as Charley Goodnight, Mother Jones, and Idaho Blackie, tell our true history and connect us to American traditions that are genuinely ours.
Utah Phillips is described as "a national treasure, a writer of haunting songs, a storyteller of hilarious presence and subtle depth, a union organizer, historian and scholar, a Celtic-Yiddish bard, a Pleistocene bon vivant, a post-modern ne'er-do-well, and a heck of an engineer." A 40-year member of the Industrial Workers of the World, he is the most entertaining labor troubadour of our time, leading his audience on an emotional rollercoaster with side-splitting storytelling and fire-breathing working class songs. According to one reviewer, "Phillips exemplifies some of the traits which Americans most value: an open and inquisitive mind, a daring heart, and a sharp but humorous tongue." The Boston Globe said, "Phillips above all is a consummate showman, a master of the theater...Phillips has a genius for making people laugh and care at the same time." He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the North American Folk Alliance, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Labor Heritage Foundation, and the Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation-AFL-CIO, among many others.



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Joel Smith

We Shall All Be All
The I.W.W. and black cats! A radical folk singer that doesn't care which way you vote. He has his Union Card on his sleeve. A nine out of 10 here!

Greg Nicholson

This is not just great music, but great story-telling and a superb history lesson as well. This man, and his music, are national treasures. He represents the best in our society.

Janet Jones

We Have Fed You All a Thousand Years
This album is brilliant both in the beauty of the storytelling style and delivery and the quality of the music playing. For me though it is in the education it gives me on workers rights, the powerful history of what has gone before, that is so important for us to remember and learn from today.

Buzz Malone

Hallelujah, We're Bums!
As a union organizer I find myself singing outloud along with the songs on long and short drives. With clarity of sound and purity of message this is one of the best live recorded folk albums I have ever heard. I expect to wear the plastic right off of the cd on this one!