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PUBLISHER'S CONTACTS:

TRO-Essex Music Group
Attn: Christina Sayles
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018-6609
T: 212-594-9795 x24
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Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
(Administered by BMG Chrysalis)
Attn: Gregg Barron
6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1600,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Sanga Music Group
(Administered by Bicycle Music)
449 South Beverly Drive, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 
T: 310-286-6600
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Michael Goldsen Music, Inc.
6124 Selma Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068


MCA Music Publishing
c/o Universal Music, Inc
2440 Sepulveda Boulevard, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Mean Things Happenin’ In This World
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Blackfire

Look at th’ Big War ‘crost the Sea;
Well I’m sure that you’ll agree
There’s mean things a happenin’ in this world;

I ain’t got a cryin’ dime,
An’ I’m that a way all th’ time;
There’s mean things a happenin’ in this world;

Ever thing is leased and lent
And to Britain it has went;
And th’ Soldier in th’ War
Don’t know what he’s a fightin’ for;
And the Tanks a rollin’ on
To th’ burstin’ of th’ bombs;
Brother an’ Sister getting’ killed
For a green back dollar bill;
There’s Mean things a happenin’ in this World

Man and Woman lend an ear
To the War that’s drawin’ neat;
You are spied on by Police
If you Speak the Word of Peace;
If you talk ‘bout Broth’ly Love
Back in Jail you’ll get shoved;
O’ I’d ruther’d fight for Peace
Than this crooked Lend & Lease
There’s Mean things a happenin’ in this World

Folks wants Peace for miles aroun’
Lord, from New York City down;
But we’re a gonna save our Nation
With a Peace Mobilization;
Lord, the cops turn on th’ heat
If you talk Peace on th’ street
Organize my Brother and Sister
And we’ll win this World again;
There’s Mean things a happenin’ in this World

*This song was recorded on the "Woody Guthrie Singles" album recorded by Blackfire. This album is no longer available.

 


© Copyright 2002 by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

 

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