BANKS OF MARBLE

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  • BANKS OF MARBLE
    This song was written by Les Rice, who was a farmer in the northeast. It was recorded in
    1949 by the Weavers and issued on there “In Concert” album several years later. The
    fundamental struggle is the same, but the details need to be updated. A recent version has
    been recorded by Leo Kottke on his 12 string guitar along with Latino band “Los Lobos”
    backing him up.
    I’ve traveled round this country
    From shore to shining shore
    It really made me wonder
    The things I heard and saw.
    I saw the weary farmer
    Plowing sod and loam
    l heard the auction hammer
    A knocking down his home
    Chorus:
    But the banks are made of marble
    With a guard at every door
    And the vaults are stuffed with silver
    That the farmer sweated for
    l saw the seaman standing
    Idly by the shore
    l heard the bosses saying
    Got no work for you no more
    But the banks are made of marble
    With a guard at every door
    And the vaults are stuffed with silver
    That the seaman sweated for
    I saw the weary miner
    Scrubbing coal dust from his back
    I heard his children crying
    Got no coal to heat the shack
    But the banks are made of marble
    With a guard at every door
    And the vaults are stuffed with silver
    That the miner sweated for
  • I’ve seen my brothers working
    Throughout this mighty land
    l prayed we’d get together
    And together make a stand
    Final Chorus
    Then we’d own those banks of marble
    With a guard at every door
    And we’d share those vaults of silver
    That we have sweated for