The Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky), by Joe Hill

Today is Joe Hill‘s 100th birthday. The Preacher and the Slave is my favorite of his songs.

Here’s a version by Utah Phillips, a hometown hero of us Spokanites, who taught me the Spokane origins of the song.

The song is based on In the Sweet By and By, a song I grew up singing. There’s an interesting documentary clip about the history of the song in an earlier post.

~ by lolarusa on November 19, 2015.

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