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Dear Mrs. Roosevelt

This song is by Woody Guthrie.

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, don't hang your head and cry
His mortal clay is laid away, but his good work fills the sky
This world was lucky to see him born

He's born in a money family on that Hudson's rocky shore
Outrun every kid a-growin' up 'round Hyde Park just for fun
This world was lucky to see him born

He went away to grade school and wrote back to his folks
He drew such funny pictures and always pulling a joke
This world was lucky to see him born

He went on up towards Harvard, he read his books of law
He loved his trees and horses, loved everything he saw
This world was lucky to see him born

He got struck down by fever and it settled in his leg
He loved the folks that wished him well as everybody did
This world was lucky to see him born

He took his office on a crippled leg, he said to one and all:
"You money changin' racket boys have sure 'nuff got to fall"
This world was lucky to see him born

In senate walls and congress halls he used his gift of tongue
To get you thieves and liars told and put you on the run
This world was lucky to see him born

I voted for him for lots o' jobs, I'd vote his name again
He tried to find an honest job for every idle man
This world was lucky to see him born

He helped to build my union hall, he learned me how to talk
I could see he was a cripple but he learned my soul to walk
This world was lucky to see him born

You Nazis and you fascists tried to boss this world by hate
He fought my war the union way and the hate gang all got beat
This world was lucky to see him born

I sent him 'cross that ocean to Yalta and to Tehran
He didn't like Churchill very much and told him man to man
This world was lucky to see him born

He said he didn't like DeGaulle, nor no Chiang Kai Shek
Shook hands with Joseph Stalin, says: "There's a man I like"
This world was lucky to see him born

I was torpedoed on my merchant ship the day he took command
He was hated by my captain, but loved by all ships hands
This world was lucky to see him born

I was a Gl in my army camp that day he passed away
And over my shoulder talkin' I could hear some soldier say:
"This world was lucky to see him born"

I guess this world was lucky just to see him born
I know this world was lucky just to see him born
This world was lucky to see him born

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