I Got to Know (A Woodie Guthrie Song)

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Woody wanted to know, and we still want to know.

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I've got to know, yeah, I've got to know, friend
Hungry lips ask me wherever I go
All of my friends are a-fallin' around me
I've got to know, yeah, I've got to know

Why do your town lines segregate blood ties?
Why do your bus routes delineate caste?
How come there's gas and lead in our water?
I got to know, yeah I got to know fast

Why don't we spend more on homeless housing?
How come there's homeless here anyhow?
Fortunes are building, on wars and on killing
And I got to know, yeah I got to know how

I've got to know, yeah, I've got to know, friend
Hungry lips ask me wherever I go
All of my friends are a-fallin' around me
I've got to know, yes, I've got to know

What good work did you do, I'd like to ask you
To take my good money right out of my hands?
I built your big house to hide from my people
Why'd you start hidin', my president?

You've put us in jail and locked us in prison
Crazyhouse jammed, and your hospital full
Why did your cop shoot my unarmed protester?
You have to talk plain, cause I got to know.

I've got to know, yeah, I've got to know, friend
Hungry lips ask me wherever I go
All of my friends are a-fallin' around me
And I've got to know, yeah, I've got to know

People are dying without any healthcare
Big money goes where death missiles fly
Made by good workers paid in war dollars
And I got to know, yeah I got to know why

How come you're wealthy, healthy and well groomed?
How come you smile when you spit in our eyes?
This is the stuff of nightmares and movies
And I got to know yeah I got to know why

I got to know, yeah, I got to know, friend
Hungry lips ask me wherever I go
All of my friends are a-fallin' around me
And I got to know, yes, I've got to know

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from I'd Rather Make My Living in a Song, released October 9, 2017

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