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Vigilante Man

This song is by Woody Guthrie and appears on the album Dust Bowl Ballads (1940) and on the album Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3 (1998).

This song has been covered by Hindu Love Gods under the title "Vigilante Man".
Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
I been hearin' his name all over the land

Well, what is a vigilante man?
Tell me, what is a vigilante man?
Has he got a gun and a club in his hand?
Is that is a vigilante man?

Rainy night down in the engine house
Sleepin' just as still as a mouse
Man come along an' he chased us out in the rain
Was that a vigilante man?

Stormy days we passed the time away
Sleepin' in some good warm place
Man come along an' we give him a little race
Was that a vigilante man?

Preacher Casey was just a workin' man
And he said, "Unite all you working men"
Killed him in the river some strange man
Was that a vigilante man?

Oh, why does a vigilante man
Why does a vigilante man
Carry that sawed-off shot-gun in his hand?
Would he shoot his brother and sister down?

I rambled 'round from town to town
I rambled 'round from town to town
And they herded us around like a wild herd of cattle
Was that the vigilante men?

Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
I've heard his name all over this land

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