Dirty Overhauls

from O, Pennsyltucky! by Mischief Brew

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Written by Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston
Additional lyrics by Christopher Neumann
Arranged by Mischief Brew, from a version arranged/adapted by Christopher Neumann, Erik Petersen, Seth Travens and Denis Panico on "American Songs Of Hope & Distress" CD (Fistolo Records, FIST-004)


Well, the guns of war have roared
And the bombs and shells have fallen
The war clouds, they rambled as they roared
I was a soldier in that fight
And I fought until we won
My uniform is my dirty overhauls
This piece of land that I stand on is my battlefield and home
My plough and my hoe is my gun
Clothes don't make no difference at all
We are workers, fighters all
Marching in our dirty overhauls

Well, I give you my sweat
And I give you my blood
I give you your bread and your wine
Before I be any man's slave, I'll be rotting down in my grave
Lay me down in my dirty overhauls
It seems so onerous to me, this blatant thievery
Stretchin' out its wicked, crooked hand
Well, we're settled here to stay
And we'll stick here all our days
Marching in our dirty overhauls


from O, Pennsyltucky!, released October 14, 2014


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Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules! ... more

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