Labor Songs - You Pick The Music Week Two!!!

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Mr. President Have Pity on the Working Man. Randy Newman

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From the great Good Old Boys album 1974

We've taken all you've given
But it's gettin' hard to make a livin'
Mr. President have pity on the working man

We're not asking you to love us
You may place yourself high above us
Mr. President have pity on the working man

I know it may sound funny
But people ev'ry where are runnin' out of money
We just can't make it by ourself

It is cold and the wind is blowing
We need something to keep us gong
Mr. President have pity on the working man

Maybe you've cheated
Maybe you've lied
Maybe you have finally lost your mind
Maybe you're only thinking 'bout yourself

Too late to run. Too late to cry now
The time has come for us to say good-bye now
Mr. President have pity on the working man
Mr. President have pity on the working man

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Blue Collar by Bachman Turner Overdrive

Walk your street
And I'll walk mine
And should we meet
Would you spare me some time

'Cause you should see my world
Meet my kind
Before you judge our minds

Blue collar

Sleep your sleep
I'm awake and alive
I keep late hours
You're nine to five

So I would like you know I need the quiet hours
To create in this world of mine

Blue collar

I'd like you to know at four in the morning
Things are coming to mind
All I've seen, all I've done
And those I hope to find

I'd like to remind you at four in the morning
My world is very still
The air is fresh under diamond skies
Makes me glad to be alive

You keep that beat
And I keep time
Your restless face
Is no longer mine

I rest my feet
While the world's in heat
And I wish that you could do the same

Blue collar

Blue collar

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"Guess I Planted" - Billy Bragg & Wilco

Great performance of the classic Woodie Guthrie union song.

The simple, forceful chorus will stick in listeners' ears for days:

"Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now.."

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"Good Day For the Blues" by Ruth Brown

A lot of Americans who have lost their jobs can relate to this song I'm sure.

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"Salt of the Earth" by Rolling Stones

(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink of the lowly of birth
Raise your glass to the good and the evil
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Spare a part for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

And when I look into the this faceless crowd
A swirling mass of gray blue
Black and white
They don't look real to me
In fact, we all look so strange

Raise your glass to the hard working people
Let's drink to the uncounted heads
Let's think of the wavering millions
Who need leading but get gamblers instead

Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
And a parade of the gray suited grafters
A choice of cancer or polio

And when I look into this faceless crowd
A swirling mass of grays and
Black and white
They don't look real to you
Or do we look too strange

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's think of the lowly of birth
Spare a thought for the rag taggy people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth
Let's drink to the three thousand million
Let's think of the humble of birth

or

"Rise UP" by Jimmy Cliff

"Lift Up Your Head" by Everton Blender

"Small Axe" by Bob Marley

"Money Money Money" by Lucky Dube

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Can't find the War Song pick spot, so I'll put it here: County Joe's "1, 2, 3, 4 ... what are we fighting for?" We all sang it on the plane going over in 1968 :·)

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Antiwar Song

People are People

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGGlTR71FEk

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The Prime Ministers "Da Plow" San Diego band.

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DK- At My Job

Dead Kennedy's - At My Job

Another Jello Biafra song, this one has more to do with working conditions and labor.

"At My Job"

If your machine might slip a gear
Push this button to help it clear
Your time card says your name's Joe
But we'll call you 6-3-0

[Chorus]
I'm working at my job
I'm so happy
More boring by the day
But they pay me
All that time spent going to school
Just to end up following-rules
[Chorus]
Now it's time to take a break
Don't stray too far or you'll be late
Thank you for your service and a long career
Glad you gave us your best years
[Chorus]

(but if i were to pick a Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon song for labor: Hamlet Chicken Plant Disaster)

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Kind of a blend of an anti war/labor tune.

Labor surplus? Start a war.

"why do they always send the poor?"

B.Y.O.B.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ruRSCW7B4

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Hands held high by linkin park :)

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How about Joe Hill by Joan Baez?

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.

"The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
they shot you Joe" they filled you full of lead.
"Takes more than guns to kill a man"
Says Joe "I didn't die"
Says Joe "I didn't die"

"In Salt Lake City, Joe," says I,
Him standing by my bed,
"They framed you on a murder charge,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead."

And standing there as big as life
and smiling with his eyes.
Says Joe "What they can never kill
went on to organize,
went on to organize"

From San Diego up to Maine,
in every mine and mill,
Where working men defend their rights,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill!

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.

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"None of Us are Free" by Solomon Burke

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I suggest the Garment Union Worker's Song - "Look for the Union Label"

Thank you - CJ

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You got that right!

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Minimum Wage Strike

by David Rovics on Behind the Barracades

When I awoke one mornin', there was a feelin' in the air
Everything was quiet, things were different everywhere
The Wobblies were back again with Joe Hill at the mic
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

There was no one pumpin' gasoline, no one drivin' from town to town
No one at the registers, all the highways were shut down
The cars were stuck in the garage, CEOs on bikes
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

There was no one flippin' burgers, all the grills were cold
Onion rings were in their bags, fries were growin' mold
There were no baristas at Starbucks askin', "How many shots would you like?"
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

The fruit was fallin' off the trees, no one to load the truck
Corn was rotting on the stalks, no farmhands to shuck
The Workfare workers were hangin' at home, spendin' the day with their tykes
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

Yuppie parents were housebound, their nannies left the job
Wal-Mart workers said, "Enough of our labor has been robbed"
The Foot Locker was locked up, the boss had to take a hike
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

When I awoke one mornin', there was a feelin' in the air
Everything was quiet, things were different everywhere
The Wobblies were back again with T-Bone at the mic
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike,When all the minimum wage workers went on strike When I awoke one mornin', there was a feelin' in the air
Everything was quiet, things were different everywhere
The Wobblies were back again with Joe Hill at the mic
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

There was no one pumpin' gasoline, no one drivin' from town to town
No one at the registers, all the highways were shut down
The cars were stuck in the garage, CEOs on bikes
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

There was no one flippin' burgers, all the grills were cold
Onion rings were in their bags, fries were growin' mold
There were no baristas at Starbucks askin', "How many shots would you like?"
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

The fruit was fallin' off the trees, no one to load the truck
Corn was rotting on the stalks, no farmhands to shuck
The Workfare workers were hangin' at home, spendin' the day with their tykes
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

Yuppie parents were housebound, their nannies left the job
Wal-Mart workers said, "Enough of our labor has been robbed"
The Foot Locker was locked up, the boss had to take a hike
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

When I awoke one mornin', there was a feelin' in the air
Everything was quiet, things were different everywhere
The Wobblies were back again with T-Bone at the mic
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike,
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike

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The Taft-Hartley Song (by Charlie King)
as performed by Peggy Seeger on From Where I Stand

I don't have the entire lyric, but the chorus:

Mr. Taft can dig it, Mr. Hartley can haul it,
Carter can supervise the crew
And if they find it too hard, they got the National Guard
To fix their bayonets and shovel like fools
It's gonna take a lot longer than eighty short days
For this miner to cool on down
Mr. Taft can dig it, Mr. Hartley can haul it
Cause I'm gonna leave it in the ground

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WE HAVE FED YOU ALL A THOUSAND YEARS
(WRITTEN BY `AN UNKNOWN PROLETARIAN,' MUSIC BY VON LIEBICH)
(FIRST LISTED PRINTING, INDUSTRIAL UNION BULLETIN, APRIL 18, 1908)

We have fed you all for a thousand years
And you hail us still unfed,
Though there's never a dollar of all your wealth
But marks the workers' dead.
We have yielded our best to give you rest
And you lie on crimson wool.
Then if blood be the price of all your wealth,
Good God! We have paid it in full!

There is never a mine blown skyward now
But we're buried alive for you.
There's never a wreck drifts shoreward now
But we are its ghastly crew.
Go reckon our dead by the forges red
And the factories where we spin.
If blood be the price of your cursed wealth,
Good God! We have paid it in!

We have fed you all a thousand years-
For that was our doom, you know,
From the days when you chained us in your fields
To the strike a week ago.
You have taken our lives, and our babies and wives,
And we're told it's your legal share,
But if blood be the price of your lawful wealth,
Good God! We bought it fair!

Note: this is a descendant of a poem by Rudyard Kipling, We Have Fed Our Sea For a Thousand Years

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Dropkick Murphys, "Take 'Em Down"
This is a new one that has just been released early by the band to show solidarity with the protesters in Wisconsin. The album it's on doesn't come out until March 1.

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"16 Tons"

The Tennessee Ernie Ford classic

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These are fromsinger songwriter Joe Jencks. He is a great musician with heart and is a "young Peter Seeger".

Check out the lyrics below and the website to hear them sung. As I walk around the capital routunda here in Madison, Joe's songs play in my head. He has been here many times and has sung at my church!

http://www.joejencks.com/index.php?page=songs&category=Rise_As_One&displ...

The Great Fast Food Strike

from

Rise As One

A great story well told! Traditional melody borrowed from the Buffalo Skinners.

Come all you fast food workers, wherever you may dwell
If you'll consent to listen, a story I will tell
Of six young workers like yourselves, who were compelled to go
And labor for McDonald's in Macedon-i-o.

'Twas in northeast Ohio this burger franchise stood
As in many such establishments, conditions were not good
The wages they were meager, but by far the greatest woe
Was to work for Jerry Guffey in Macedon-i-o.

Now Jerry was the manager, a spiteful man was he
If ever you displeased him, his anger you would see
With foul names and shoves and shouting, his curses they would flow
He was the meanest fast food boss in Macedon-i-o

Margaret she was sixty-six, she worked from need, not choice
One day she left a bag of trash out of its proper place
When Jerry came upon it, his rage did overflow
The staff looked on as Margaret wept, in Macedon-i-o

'Twas on an Easter Sunday student workers made a vow
"Abuse of youth and elderly no longer we'll allow"
These brave young people left their jobs, their paychecks did forego
To walk upon a picket line in Macedon-i-o

Bryan Drapp walked out, and Jamal Nickens he did too
Josh Jones and Matt Casserlie, they joined the picket crew
Steve Stem and Heidi Shaffer solidarity did show
They led the fight for dignity in Macedon-i-o

From CNN to Leno, Howard Stern to NPR
The story of the fast food strike was carried near and far
McDonalds' high executives, to save the status quo
Sent in a crack consultant, to Macedon-i-o

Then Teamsters' Local Four Sixteen came to the strikers' aid
"These kids against your corporate might's an unfair fight," they said
"We're here to balance out the scales." The company said, "No!
We will not talk with unions in Macedon-i-o"

At Route Eight and the Interstate the strikers held their ground
They thrust aloft their picket signs as the April rains beat down
'Til a Teamster bakery driver, he dealt the final blow
He would not cross a picket line in Macedon-i-o

The bosses watched in horror as the truck it rolled away
They knew it carried all the buns they needed for that day
While twenty cheering picketers, still marching to and fro
Saw victory within their grasp in Macedon-i-o

A fair wage and paid vacation, better safety at the grill
In every point of bargaining the workers had their will
And to a training program Jerry Guffey's forced to go
To brush up on his people skills, in Macedon-i-o.

You've heard of labor's struggles in Harlan's bloody hills
At Homestead, Flint and Ludlow, and in Massachusetts' mills
In April nineteen ninety-eight, the history books will show
How fast food workers held the line in Macedon-i-o

© 1998 Deborah Van Kleef

Christmas In Mansfield

from

Rise As One

My friend Bruce Bostic is responsible for this song in a direct way. He brought me down to Mansfield where I interviewed several members of USWA local 169, who were locked out of the mill for almost four years.

Dad used to spend time with his children
When they'd come home from school every day
Before he would go to work second shift
He'd help them with homework and sometimes they'd play
Baseball out in the yard
If it was raining they'd sit and play cards

But then there was trouble at the steel mill
One night there were sirens and light
People were screaming and shouting
And somebody started a fight
Now daddy's home more than before
But he doesn't play much anymore

It's Christmas in Mansfield, Ohio
The children are snuggled in bed
But there are no visions of sugar plumbs dancing
It's questions that fill up their heads

The company boarded up windows
Put a fence all the way around the mill
They told union workers they couldn't come back
That all of their jobs had been filled
By people from out of the state
Then the company locked up the gates

But it's seventeen years at the steel mill
To provide for his families needs
But the company it seems cares lees about people
And more about profits and greed
So it's up with the burn barrels and signs
Make a stand on the old picket line

The union is still in a lockout
And more than three years have gone by
The first Christmas was tough, but donations came in
And that seemed to keep everyone's spirits high
And daddy did odd jobs in town
He refused to let his family down

But it's Christmas once more down in Mansfield
And there isn't even much snow
And nobody's counting on charity
It seems that was used up a long time ago
But somewhere dad found a small tree
And he hung up the lights carefully

Then the women of steel from the steel workers union
Brought toys for the girls and the boys
The firemen's union from somewhere down state
Brought turkeys and hams and they filled up the plate
With cheers and good tidings for all
It's Christmas in steel union hall

Daddy looked down at his children
And he smiled with sorrow and pride
Then he sat down on the union hall floor
Put his face in his hands and he started to cry
He had been strong now for years
But he just couldn't hold back the tears

God bless these workers and families
For the road that they travel is long
And as they stand up for what they believe
God grant them courage and help them along
Let the spirit of hope still shine bright
As the stars down on Mansfield that night

It's Christmas in Mansfield, Ohio
And the children laugh and they play
Though nobody here can forget about troubles
Maybe they'll set them aside for one day
And remember the kindness they've found
This Christmas in a steel mill town
Give thanks for the kindness they've found
This Christmas in a steel mill town

Rise As One

from

Rise As One

I dedicate this recording of 'Rise As One' to my new niece Annika Jencks. "We will build a brand new future for our daughters and our sons…" …and our nieces & nephews! Thanks to Mike Tadsen and John & Judy Gallo for inviting me to meet some of the workers and for sharing the story with me. The workers of OAPSIE Local 419 are heroes in my book.

It is we who serve the lunches, we who sweep the floors
We who drive the busses with your children off to school
We keep the buildings warm in winter, and cool when it's hot
And we will not let you play us for the fool
When we ask for better healthcare, or an increase in our wage
You tell us that the township can't afford to pay the bill
But you found half a million dollars from within those very coffers
To try and break the union's back and break our will

And we will never give up, we will never give in
And we'll never, ever go away
We will build a brand new future for our daughters and our sons
We will work 'til all workers rise as one

We believe in education and the future of our town
And the children that we serve from day to day
Whenever there's a need we always go the extra mile
God knows we do it for the love, not for the pay
But we have worked as hard as any for every inch of ground
That we've gained in the struggle for our rights
And we will not stand by idly as you try to tear us down
If we have to we will organize a strike

Well we didn't have a penny in our strike fund, sad but true
That made us all a little bit afraid
But the call went out to every other union in the state
And somehow all the workers' bills were paid
You see this isn't just the schools within our town
When we dare to raise our voice in solidarity we stand
With every other worker all the world around

We held a rally at the fairgrounds, to show them our resolve
And to drum up some support for our campaign
A thousand people hit the street, and that's more than half our town
And after that, you know things couldn't be the same
Now whoever would've guessed it, when this whole thing began
We'd have the strength to hold out for so long
But three months have now gone by and the school board just gave in
On their demands, now we can sing our victory song

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The greatest "working man" by Rush

"i got no time for living yeah I am working all the time"

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Jimmy Cliff

Harder they Come (the Harder They Fall)

Struggling Man

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Vigilantes of Love - Resume

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never cross a picket line by billy bragg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX46rPmXO4U

Five hundred men sacked for refusing
To ever cross a picket line
The voices down the ages warning
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Two years gone by but still they never
Ever cross a picket line
With their wives and children they stand together
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away out west to San Francisco
Look away, look away
Look away down south to Sydney Harbour
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

Technically this is an illegal strike
Never cross a picket line
But technically workers have no rights
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Oh, I want to live in a Brand New Britain
Never cross a picket line
Where workers rights are enshrined and written
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away out west to San Diego
Look away, look away
Look away out east to far Osaka
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

The Tories are gone but there's no improvement
Never cross a picket line
Now where is the might of the Labour movement
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away down south to Auckland City
Look away, look away
Look away out west to old Vancouver
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

Where the dockers have realised
You must never cross a picket line

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Joe Hill Lyrics
Artist(Band):Joan Baez

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.

"The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
they shot you Joe" they filled you full of lead.
"Takes more than guns to kill a man"
Says Joe "I didn't die"
Says Joe "I didn't die"

"In Salt Lake City, Joe," says I,
Him standing by my bed,
"They framed you on a murder charge,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead."

And standing there as big as life
and smiling with his eyes.
Says Joe "What they can never kill
went on to organize,
went on to organize"

From San Diego up to Maine,
in every mine and mill,
Where working men defend their rights,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill!

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.

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Dropkick Murphys: "The Worker's Song"

Allow me to be another voice to vote for Dropkick Murphys. They have a great collection of songs, but I believe the one most pertainent to be "The Worker's Son" from their Album "Balckout." The song is 1. Irish. 2. Punk and 3. Supportive of the workers. How could it possibly be any cooler? here is a link to youtube with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTafZRecy2k

"The Worker's Song"

Yeah, this one's for the workers who toil night and day/ By hand and by brain, to earn your pay/ Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread/ Have bled for your countries and counted your dead

In the factories and mills and the shipyards and mines/ We've often been told to keep up with the times/ For our skills are not needed they streamlined the job/ And with slide rule and stopwatch, our pride they have robbed!"

Also, I think that DKM have other great songs for bumpermusic later on if you would like to take a listen. Their rendition of "The Geenfields of France" is simply beautiful, taking such an excelent poem and renderng it even better in musical form. Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK9TDt3Ouo4

Also, the "Fields of Athenry" is a fantastic song, again about the struggles of the Irish working class in a time of occupation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10agPj0Vzu4

Thanks again for such a great show Thom!

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I recommend Workingman's Blues #2 by Bob Dylan from album Modern Times 2009.

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Blue collar fight song! The labor anthem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBPVNBE0xug

Common Ones by American Graveyard

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Randy Newman: A Piece of the Pie

Like us all you want the very best of life
A car, a house, a neighborhood that's nice
With flowers and trees and lots of little kids around
Where public schools aren't breeding grounds
for vice

You say you're working harder than you ever have
You say you got two jobs and so's your wife
Living in the richest country in the world
Wouldn't you think you'd have abetter life

If you lived in Norway
You'd be fine right now
Get sick there
You make the doctor wait
If you lived in Belgium
You could mediate
[Flemish/French debate]
Hey knock it off!
And the French fries are great
Hey!

Jesus Christ it stinks here high and low
The rich are getting richer
I should know
While we're going up
You're going down
And no one gives a shit but Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne

Jackson
Jackson

There's a famous saying someone famous said
As General Motors goes so go we all
Johnny Cougar's singing it's their country now
He'll be singing for Toyota by the fall

[Patriots]:
That's not ture
John's a patriot
He's not like you
He's a......

Jesus Christ it stinks here low and high
Some get rich
And others just get by
Bono's off in Africa - he's never around
The country turns its lonely eyes to who?
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne

A piece of the pie
That's all we're asking for
A piece of the pie

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How about a labor song straight out of Madison

Westside Andy/ Mel Ford Band

Album: Alley Cat

Song: Jobless Recovery

Lyrics by Mel, Harmonica by Andy

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Billy Bragg's Power in the Union.

Here's a version by the Seattle Labor Chorus on their "CD Songs of Working People" http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seattlelabor

Also check out the "Hail a Union Chorus" with the opening refrain of "Join the Union" begining this labor parody of the best known chorus from Handel's Messiah.

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Billy Bragg's Power in the Union. Here is a version by the Seattle Labor Chorus: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seattlelabor

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BILLY BRAGG - There Is Power In A Union

There is power in a factory, power in the land
Power in the hands of a worker
But it all amounts to nothing if together we don't stand
There is power in a Union

Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers' blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities and the farmlands to trenches full of mud
War has always been the bosses' way, sir

The Union forever defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters from many far off lands
There is power in a Union

Now I long for the morning that they realise
Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us
But who'll defend the workers who cannot organise
When the bosses send their lackies out to cheat us?

Money speaks for money, the Devil for his own
Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone
What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child
There is power in a Union

The Union forever defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters together we will stand
There is power in a Union.

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STREET DOGS - Fading American Dream

Working hard from day to day now, I get a check that barely lasts
I'm just another no choice member in Uncle Sam's desperation class
Finding it hard to face my wife, new kid born out of shotgun life
Twenty years old and I love them both, see no sunshine in our skies

Silently we pray for turbulence to break
How much more financial stress can we all take?

Getting closer to our limit
We chase the penthouse from the basement
Our current rat race, we run to stand still
This is our fading American Dream

Bad news coming in, these higher rent rates gouge us thin
The sands of time are running down as we slip further behind

Bleeding my family, they're stretched too
Eviction notes, what can I do?
Twenty years old, feel my life's on hold
Yell at a school-taught God, oh why?

Silently we pray for turbulence to break
How much more financial stress can we all take?

Getting closer to our limit
We chase the penthouse from the basement
Our current rat race, we run to stand still
This is our fading American Dream

Have we ever been above water?
Do we ever see ourselves coming out of it alive?

Getting closer to our limit
We chase the penthouse from the basement
Our current rat race, we run to stand still
This is our fading American Dream

I got no time no to go and cry now
Leave for a second job, don't want to go poor
I'm just searching for my dignity
This is our fading American Dream
This is our fading American Dream
This is our fading American Dream

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FLOGGING MOLLY - Don't Shut Em Down

Sad days, kissing the cheeks
of the families who are walking away
Tragic, the pubs are opposing,
the system is broken, decay

Because business is down at the depot,
defenses are the only things built
Neighbors wave goodbye to each other
This country is over, they say

Yeah, this is life
In a modern town
The windows smashed open with the doors kicked out
It's not a good day left to be in a fight
'cause living is hard through the struggles of life
If nothing gets done it will never be right
But don't shut 'em down

Lately, the 21st century's been... crazy
It's the sing of the times
Buildings decomposing in slumber
There's no work for all till they wake

Yeah, this is life
In a modern town
The windows smashed open with the doors kicked out
It's not a good day left to be in a fight
'cause living is hard through the struggles of life
If nothing gets done it will never be right
But don't shut 'em down
Don't shut 'em down

Too many faults, no reasons
The rains that fall, dry bleeding
Upon the ashes of our homes
Our homes
Save our homes

Manic
The word on the street here is panic
There's a riot at hand

People, taking care of the people
There's no other way, or we'll break

Yeah, this is life
In a modern town
The windows smashed open with the doors kicked out
It's not a good day left to be in a fight
'cause living is hard through the struggles of life

Yeah, this is life
In a modern town
The windows smashed open with the doors kicked out
It's not a good day left to be in a fight
'cause living is hard through the struggles of life
If nothing gets done it will never be right
But don't shut 'em down
Don't shut 'em down

Sad days, kissing the cheeks of the families (you can't shut 'em down)
Sad days, kissing the cheeks of the families (you won't shut 'em down)

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How about the tune from that 70's rock god "gary Wright" Stand up for your rights! Excellent tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=339zEqxa7Js

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King Harvest by the Band

"I work for the union she is good to me....."

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Quote thboardop:

We've had so many responses for our "You Pick The Music Week" that we're doing it again! Governor Scott Walker from the state of Wisconsin has thrown gasoline on the labor war fire. We are asking you to submit your favorite labor, union, or working songs for "You Pick The Music Week Two: Labor Music Week!" Get all of your friends to post their songs too! Somebody else post your song? Please post anyway! Already posted but got another song? Keep posting! The more the better! Thank you so much and be sure to listen for your song on the program!

- Jacob

My vote is for the classic Joan Baez song, JOE HILL. It's a great song!!

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Hey man. Thank you so very much for playing Black Sabbath (War Pigs) the other day. I am a very LIBERAL METAL HEAD!!! I was so happy when I heard that.

I know you won't play it, but I have written a very pro labor/historical song called "Haymarket Square". Check it http://www.reverbnation.com/muckrakermetal

Haymarket Square

Have you ever been down to Haymarket?

Come on put your boots on and get set.

Tens of thousands in the street.

8 hours is what we seek.

Have you heard the Pinkerton's have got a bomb?

Hired thugs. Who knows where they're from?

Tens of thousands in the street.

8 hours is what we seek.

Chorus

Tell it like is boys, we can't be duped.

Haymarket Square!

They sell the lies and we tell the truth.

Haymarket Square!

The people at the podium speak for us.

An 8 hour day would be glorious.

Tens of thousands in the street.

8 hours is what we seek.

Someone kills a policeman with a bomb.

The Pinkerton's smile as we're shot upon.

Tens of thousands in the street.

8 hours is what we seek.

Chorus

Chaos ensues and the bullets fly.

Mayday for the worker is the reason why.

50 lay dead in the street.

Gotta fight and die or we'll face defeat.

Chorus

We fought down there, we died down there.

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“SOLIDARITY” by Billy Brown

in Pete Seeger’s Labor Songbook p.240

“CARRY IT ON! A HISTORY IN SONG AND PICTURE OF AMERICA’S WORKING MEN AND WOMEN”

Lyrics

It’s a bird! No! It’s a plane! No! It’s the Hatchet Man!

Watch out y’all, he’s got a hatchet in his hand…and he’s chopping everything he can.

So let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

You know what we had to say, about the way Mr. Reagan thinks.

You know we told the whole wide world that Reaganomics stinks.

He’s the opposite of Robin Hood, Reaganomics just ain’t no good.

Are you hip to what we say? If you’re not it goes this- (way)

Take it from the needy, give it to the greedy. That’s what Reaganomics say.

That’s just it, Reaganomics ain’t hip. And we told him Solidarity Day.

So let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

You thought he was your friend, so you helped get him in.

But didn’t you really know, that you reap what you sow.

Cause now you’re out of a job, and you’re taken it kind’ a hard.

Are you hip to what we say? If you’re not it goes this- (way)

Take it from the needy, give it to the greedy. That’s what Reaganomics say.

That’s just it, Reaganomics ain’t hip. And we told him Solidarity Day.

So let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

We say hey there Congressmen, do you seriously want to stay in?

Cause if you don’t put away your knife, we’re gonna send you back to private life.

Hey Congressmen hear our screams, we don’t want his jellybeans.

Are you hip to what we say? If you’re not it goes this- (way)

Take it from the needy, give it to the greedy. That’s what Reaganomics say.

That’s just it, Reaganomics ain’t hip. And we told him Solidarity Day.

So let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

SOLIDARITY!

Let’s keep our…SOLIDARITY!

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"The Working Man" - CCR

"Don't Look Now" - CCR

"Power to the People" - John Lennon

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"Harry's Hands" by Dennis DeYoung is the most impactful song about labor and the decline of the American Dream. The lyrics are very moving.

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It's got to be about one of the unions great heroes.

JOE HILL by JOAN BAEZ

Love her, love her voice, Ken

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All You Fascists by Billy Brag & Wilco...."Woody Guthrie"

Kyle, Melanie & Sophia

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kat387s
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Ballad of a Carpenter by Ewan Mac Coll

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lizabella
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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Solidarity Forever!! by Pete Seeger Noiw more than ever

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Hey Jacob! You know what i want ;) Working Man by Rush...yes, they are Canadian and yes, they are treated better than we are, and yes, I would love to have their working conditions, but can you please play it?

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Artist - Dan Seals

Album - Rage On

Song - Five Generations of Rock County Wilsons

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40hour week-Alabama Working Man Blues-Merle Haggard

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