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抗爭者不死

2021/3/6 — 17:31

去年搞了一場音樂沙龍《風雨中的歌曲》,介紹多首古今中外跟社會事件有關的歌曲,當時搜集資料時找了一首歌,覺得很值得跟觀眾分享,可惜因節目長度關係,最終沒有介紹,那首歌就是《Joe Hill》。

《Joe Hill》是一首歌,也是一個人,他出生於1879年,來自瑞典,1900年代初前往美國,追逐美國夢,可惜事與願違,不論去到何地,他一直只能從事低下的粗重工作。長期身處被壓迫的苦境,加上受左翼思想影響,令他熱衷工會運動,加入Industrial Workers of the World(IWW),為工人發聲。而他頗有音樂才華,創作了多首抗爭歌曲,使他成為一位標誌性人物,亦令他成為很多人的眼中釘……

後來Joe Hill捲入一宗謀殺案,即使案件疑點重重,他依然被判死刑,就算美國總統及瑞典大使介入,也無法挽救他的性命。儘管面對不公義審訊以及死亡,Joe Hill平淡面對,並依然心繫工運,當戰友在行刑前探望他時,他淡然說:「Don't waste any time mourning. Organize!」

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1915年,Joe Hill被槍決,從容就義。

雖然Joe Hill不在人世,但他的故事沒有結束,他對工運念兹在兹的態度,感動了後來者,先有詩人Alfred Hayes以他的事蹟入詩,創作《I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night》,及後此詩被Earl Robinson配上音樂,成為新的抗爭歌曲《Joe Hill》,多年來被Pete Seeger、Joan Baez等人頌唱。歌詞完美反映Joe Hill的精神,即使他肉身已死,精神卻長存:有工運的地方,就有Joe Hill的身影(Where workers strike and organize / it’s there you’ll find Joe Hill),只要有人一息尚存,就會繼續去組織(What they can never kill / went on to organize)。

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共勵之。

《Joe Hill》歌詞

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I “But Joe, you’re ten years dead”
“I never died” says he,
“I never died” says he.

“In Salt Lake City, Joe,” says I,
Him standing by my bed,
“They framed you on a murder charge,”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead,”
Says Joe, “But I ain’t dead.”

“The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
they shot you Joe” says I.
“Takes more than guns to kill a man”
Says Joe “I didn’t die”
Says Joe “I didn’t die”

And standing there as big as life
and smiling with his eyes.
Says Joe “What they can never kill
went on to organize,
went on to organize”

From San Diego up to Maine,
in every mine and mill,
Where workers strike and organize
it’s there you’ll find Joe Hill,
it’s there you’ll find Joe Hill!

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I “But Joe, you’re ten years dead”
“I never died” says he,
“I never died” says he.
“I never died” says he.

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