Virginia Strike of '23, The

DESCRIPTION: "In the dear old town of Princeton... Fire hundred railroad employees were as happy as could be... But they believed in Satan and quit their jobs that fall." The singer was one of those fooled into striking. Now he wishes he had his job back.
AUTHOR: Roy Harvey
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (recording, Roy Harvey and Earl Shirkey)
KEYWORDS: train strike hardtimes request railroading labor-movement
Nov 8, 1923 - about two thirds of the employees of the Virginia Railroad go on strike. The company brings in replacements; the company suffers several accidents in coming years but never rehires the strikers
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Cohen-LSRail, pp. 591-595, "The Virginia Strike of '23" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, p. 225, "The Virginian Strike of '23" (1 text)

Roy Harper [pseud. for Roy Harvey] and Earl Shirkey, "The Virginia Strike of '23" (Columbia 15535-D, 1930; rec. 1929)
Mike Seeger, "The Virginian Strike of '23" (on MSeeger02)

cf. "When the Work's All Done This Fall" [Laws B3] (tune)
NOTES [64 words]: According to Cohen, Roy Harvey was an engineer on the Virgina Railroad, and was one of those who struck in 1923. He and many of his fellow workers came to believe that they had been deceived by their union. He reportedly wrote this song to try to get his job back. Reportedly there was some sympathy for him in the company, but not enough. And then, of course, came the Depression. - RBW
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