Drive This County Down

from by Doug Allen & The Union Wage

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Drive This County Down – Doug Allen
( Recounts the 1917 Bellingham Race Riots)

I work for Bellingham Bay
big timber feeds our mighty blade
We make our living cuttin native wood
work is hard, the pay is good
Another sawyer lost his hand today
Friday he’ll get his severance pay
At quittin time we were tired and stiff
in through the gate came the Hindu shift

Those bastards work for nothing
They’re gonna wreck our union wage
They’re gonna take our jobs away
they’re gonna drive this county down

Idle hands are drinkin hands
we grew more idle as the evenin passed
By 10 pm we were strong and brave
we knew the law would look the other way
We pulled 100 Hindus from their beds
from run down Old Town tenements
Then we headed for the Morrison Mill
and dragged those turban wearers down to County jail

Tonight we do what must be done
That mornin train will be southbound
We’re gonna ride em outa town
they’re gonna drive this county down

I’m a millwright by trade
I earn every dime I make
I don’t understand these immigrants
I’m not one to ponder circumstance
For what we did I have no pride
for our livelihoods we had to fight
No mills burned, no one died
the headlines said it was a race riot

Those bastards work for nothing
They’re gonna wreck our union wage
They’re gonna take our jobs away
they’re gonna drive this county down
Drive the county down, drive this county down

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from Big Timber, released August 28, 2011

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Doug Allen Bellingham, Washington

Big Timber is my second recording, reflecting what life has been like for me in the northwest corner of Washington state. It was long in coming but I'm proud of it and The Union Wage. Please listen to some of the tracks - I hope you like it.

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