I knew Ket and
Knudsen, Zeller, Zeder and Breer.
I knew Henry Ford back yonder as a lightplant engineer.
I'm a knew-'em-when companion who frequently recalls
That none of the those big brothers were too proud for
All the Fishers, all the leaders, all the motion pioneers
Worked at molds or lathes or benches at the start of their
Chrysler, Keller, Nash and others whom I could but now won't
Had no high-falutin' notion ease and softness led to fame.
They had work to do and did it. Did it bravely, did it right,
Never thinking it important that their collars should be
Never counted hours of labor, never wished their tasks to
And for years their two companions were those brothers, dirt
Boy, this verse is fact, not fiction, all the fellows I
Worked for years for wages and were never once ashamed.
Dirt and grease were their companions, better friends than
Better friends than ease and softness, golf or dancing every
Now in evening clothes you see them in the nation's banquet
But they earned the right to be there, years ago, in overalls.
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