The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done
by Woody Guthrie, < 1945

Last modified 15 Jan 2004, 21:09 -0500

I'm just a lonesome traveler the great historical bum
I'm highly educated from history I have come
I built the rock of ages that was the year of one
And that was the biggest thing that man has ever done.

I worked the Garden of Eden 'twas in the year of two
Joined the apple picker's union and always paid my due
I'm the man that signed the contract to raise the rising sun
And that was the biggest thing that man has ever done.

I was straw boss on the pyramids and Tower of Babel too
I opened up the ocean let the migrant children through
I fought a million battles and I never lost a one
That's about the biggest thing that man has ever done.

I beat the daring Roman and I beat the daring Turk
Defeated Nero's army with thirty minutes work
I met the greatest leaders and licked them every one
That was the biggest thing that man has ever done.

I was in the revolution when we set the country free
Me and a couple of Indians that dumped the boston tea
Won the battle at Valley Forge and battle of Bully Run
And that's about the biggest thing that man has ever done.

There's a man acrost the ocean and I guess you know him well
His name is Adolf Hitler and I'll burn his soul in hell
I kicked him in his panzers and I put him on the run
And that's about the biggest thing that man has ever done.

There's warehouse guys and teamsters and guys that skin the cats
Women that run the big mill the furnace and the blast
We'll stop these Axis rattlesnakes and thieves of old Nippon
And this will be the biggest thing that man has ever done.

There mines and mills and factories that run for this big land
Backing up the service men that fight on every hand
The job is awful tough and will take us every one
But this will be the biggest thing that man has ever done.

Well I better quit my talking 'cause I told you all I know
But please remember pardner wherever you may go
The world is digging slavery's grave and when the job is done
This'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done.