Vigilante Man

Words & Music : Woody Guthrie
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
I been hearing his name all over the land

Well, what is a vigilante man?
Tell me, what is a vigilante man?
Has he got a gun and a club in his hand?
Is that is a vigilante man?

Rainy night down in the engine house
Sleeping just as still as a mouse
Man come along and chased us out in the rain
Was that a vigilante man?

Stormy days we passed the time away
Sleeping in some good warm place
Man come along and we give him a little race
Was that a vigilante man?

Preacher Casey was just a working man
And he said, "Unite all you working men"
Killed him in the river some strange man
Was that a vigilante man?

Oh, why does a vigilante man
Why does a vigilante man
Carry that sawed-off shot-gun in his hand?
Would he shoot his brother and sister down?

I rambled round from town to town
I rambled round from town to town
And they herded us like a wild herd of cattle
Was that the vigilante men?

Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
I've heard his name all over this land


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