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Thread #156969   Message #3701947
Posted By: Joe Offer
15-Apr-15 - 07:12 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Hands (Phil Ochs)
Subject: ADD Version: Hands (Phil Ochs)
Jason, thank you very much. Nice job on the transcription.

Jim Glover's recording of "Hands" was on Vol 1, No 2 of Fast Folk Musical Magazine (February 1984). My issues don't go back that far. Anybody have the booklet from that issue, that you can post the lyrics as Glover transcribed them? The online copy of the booklet has pages missing.

-Joe-

Here's my transcription of the Glover recording:

HANDS
(Phil Ochs)

CHORUS
Hands hands hands, worked to build the land, land, your land,
The labor of the woman and the man workin' with their hands, hands, hands
Workin' with their hands

I've seen the hands of the laborer that lifted all the loads
And the granite stuck to their fingers as they built the canals & the roads
Now they're cleared & the bridges span, the river's paused by a power dam
And now the hand of the laborer is reaching out to you

I've seen the hands of the miner digging out the coal
Black dust stuck to their fingers as they risk their lives in a hole
But the rocks, they're still under the ground, now the mines are closin' down
And now the hand of the miner is reaching out to you

I've seen the hands of the lumberjack, the forests swaying in the breeze
Splinters stuck to their fingers as the lumber was torn from the trees
And the wood that came from your timber tall built your buildings from wall to wall
And now the hands of the lumberjack are reaching out to you

I've seen the hands of the farmer plowin' across the fields
Topsoil stuck to their fingers as the land was split by the steel
Just a-growin' all that they could grow to fill your tables row after row
And now the hand of the farmer is reaching out to you