Nails and Nylon for the Rich Man

More poetry from my heart


Walloons and Irish

Palatine Germans

Millions of Africans

All strong arms in labor

Hurry that heavy load, my friend

For the rich man, for the rich man, for the rich man.


Production of rum, tobacco, and timber

Cotton and rye in ten million colored hands

Make the rum and plow the field

The field that belongs to the red man's seed

Stripped away and now

Forever owned by the greed

Of the rich man, for the rich man, for the rich man.


Coal from the pauper

Wheat to grain

Miner's of copper

50 cents a day

Immigrants less

Though they pain with hunger

And the promise of less

And the sun no longer

For the rich man, for the rich man, for the rich man.


Enormous increase in blankets and chests

Nylon from Hong Kong

Firestone rubber

Steel posts and knobs

Now love one another

Not appliances and shirts

A bullet proof vest

Blankets and skirts

A cruel fest

For the rich man, for the rich man, for the rich man.


Garments and imports

Torn off the scared back of your brother

Suicides rampant

No love for one another

The forests we have lost

For inadaquate housing

Shopping again or are you just browsing

Food for costs

Halls of the elect

donate to the campaign

For the rich man, the rich man, the rich man.


Poetry by Joanne Kathleen Farrell

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