Chris Jones & Steve Baker - Vigilante man

Omul vigilent este o melodie compus[ de Woody Guthrie înregistrată și difuzată în 1940 ca parte a baladelor Dust bowl. Este despre angajarea unor derbedei (vigilenți) care să alunge prin violență migranții în California ce încercau să scape de mingea de praf, o catastrofă ecologică produsă de om în marile cîmpii americani în anii 1930. Un vers se referă la uciderea predicatorului Jom Casy, un personaj central în romanul scris de John Steinbecks în 1939, Strugurii mîniei.

Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
I been hearin' his name all over the land.

Well, what is a vigilante man?
Tell me, what is a vigilante man?
Has he got a gun and a club in his hand?
Is that is a vigilante man?

Rainy night down in the engine house,
Sleepin' just as still as a mouse,
Man come along an' he chased us out in the rain.
Was that a vigilante man?

Stormy days we passed the time away,
Sleepin' in some good warm place.
Man come along an' we give him a little race.
Was that a vigilante man?

Preacher Casey was just a workin' man,
And he said, "Unite all you working men."
Killed him in the river some strange man.
Was that a vigilante man?

Oh, why does a vigilante man,
Why does a vigilante man
Carry that sawed-off shot-gun in his hand?
Would he shoot his brother and sister down?

I rambled 'round from town to town,
I rambled 'round from town to town,
And they herded us around like a wild herd of cattle.
Was that the vigilante men?

Have you seen that vigilante man?
Have you seen that vigilante man?
I've heard his name all over this land.