| The U-Nee Man Polka.
UAW ------SOLIDARITY PUBLICATION
VOL.30, NO.4, June 1987
FANFARE FOR THE COMMON WORKER
In case you aren't convinced that human beings are fascinating and unpredictable,
a new two-record set called " Work's Many Voices " could change your mind.
This excellent double album, consisting of 32 songs once released as 45-rpm discs,
was compiled by Archie Green, a former shipbuilder.
"These songs I thought were representative of a variety of different trades,
different styles, and different regions," says Green. "There are one or two pro-
fessional artists, but it's mostly rank-and-file people."
"Work's Many Voices" presents many musical traditions. The most popular style
is country and western. We are also treated to some driving Detroit blues, including
"Please Mr. Forman" by autoworker Joe Carter, who puts a bouncing beat behind
the classic factory refrain: I don't mind workin', but I do mind dyin'."
"Work's Many Voices" includes two haunting Spanish-language ballads about labor
battles in the West and Southwest, and it features a slightly more humorous strike
song, the the form of " U - NEE MAN " ( UNION MAN ), an upbeat polka recorded
by a singing group called the " SHORELINERS " ( LANSFORD, PA. ) who use
immigrant English to illustrate the power of the COAL MINERS :
U-Nee Man, U-Nee, He must have full dinner can...
Contract miners dig for coal: Every day go down hole.
Something happen he don't like, Have big meeting - - -
calling strike !
"Work's Many Voices " will probably be hard to find in record stores, but it can be
ordered from Down Home Music,
10341 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 95430
Submitted By : Richard C. Rehatchek