U.S. Politics

Pie in the Sky

By Joe Hill1

long haired preachers, come out every night.

try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right.

but when asked ‘bout somethin’ to eat,

ah, they will answer in voices so sweet!


ooh ah lee! (ooh ah le), by and by (by and by)

in that glorious land in the sky! (way up high!)

work and pray (work and pray), live on hay (live on hay),

you’ll get pie in the sky when you die!


and the starvation army they play,

and they shout and they clap and they pray.

when they’ve got all your coins on the drum,

and they will tell you when you’re on the bum.


holy rollers and jumpers come out,

and they roll and they jump and they shout.

give your money to jesus they say,

and you’ll eat on that glorious day!


workin’ folks of all countries unite,

side by side, we for freedom shall fight.

when this world and its wealth we have gained,

to the grafters we’ll sing this refrain.

ooh ah lee! (ooh a lee), by and by (by and by),

when you’ve learned how to cook and how to fry.

chop some wood! (chop some wood), do ya good! (do ya good),

and you’ll eat in that sweet by and by!


1 T”he Preacher and the Slave” is a song written by Joe Hill in 1911.