Are They Going to Hang My Papa?

"Are They Going To Hang My Papa?" is a labor song in support of Bill Haywood, Charles Moyer and George Pettibone, then on trial for the murder of Frank Steunenberg.[1][2] It is written from the viewpoint of Haywood's daughter, "little Henrietta".[3] The miners were acquitted.

"Are They Going To Hang My Papa?"
Songwriter(s)Owen Spendthrift

The author, "Owen Spendthrift", is usually thought to be a pseudonym, but the name is also found as the author of the words to a Scott Joplin song, "When Your Hair is Like the Snow", also written in 1907.


  1. ^ "20,000 Parade for Accused Miners" (PDF). New York Times (May 5). 1907. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  2. ^ Adams, Mildretta (1986). Sagebrush Post Offices. Pocatello, Idaho: Idaho State University Press. p. 115. ISBN 0-937834-13-0. OCLC 1766506.
  3. ^ "Songs". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18.

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