“The Big Combine”


Singer describes the crew of "harvest stiffs" on the big combine (harvester) in Oregon, including Oscar (Nelson), an IWW member; the horse-puncher ("the things he tells the horses...I can't tell you") and the singer himself, who is head puncher.


The Pacific Northwest was the center of the IWW (Wobbly) movement in the early 20th century; migrant farmworkers and lumberjacks were its principal supporters. - PJS

Cross references


  • Art Thieme, "The Big Combine" (on Thieme03)


Author: Jock Coleman
Earliest date: 1919 (composed); first printed 1923
Found in: US(NW)