Richard Crowson borrows the tune from Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid" to give his take on what's happening in the state legislature. Hear Richard singing his original song by clicking the play button above.
Here in Kansas, as a rule, we don't much care for schools
Our legislators are big haters of all our public educators
School funding's always low, cause the legislators know
Teachers will buy kids' school supplies by using their own dough!
But that's not enough-- now they wanna kill the union
They wanna kill the union, now they wanna kill the union
We're a right-to-work state, still they wanna kill the union
Cause they don't want teachers to make a living wage.
Oh, the union's voluntary, though the politicians make it sound scary
Teachers join by choice, cause it gives them a voice when it's time for collective bargaining
But the legislators whine, they think that now's the time
With a right-wing governor's blessing, they're committing a Capitol crime.
Oh, the reason never said, for why they want to kill public ed
Is that they can't trust voters like us who have an educated head
And educated state is something that they hate
Their reelection is jeopardized when the voters are made wise.
So they're going after teachers-- they wanna kill the union
They wanna kill the union, they're hating on the union
They're sneaking it past, they wanna do it real soon and
They're gonna kill the union just as quick as they can.