Words and Song that Speak to the Unquenchable Human Spirit

To the tune of Ta-ra-ra-Boom-dee-Ay:

Ta-ra-ra BOOM-dee ay
Aint’ got a word to say
Scott Walker took my pay,
then took my job away.
Boom, went the boom one day,
It made a noise that way.
I wish I had been wise,
Next time I’ll organize.”

-Modified from an old Industrial Workers of the World Lyric

We want no condescending saviors,
To rule us from a judgment hall;
We workers ask not for their favors
Let us consult for all.
To make the thief disgorge his booty
To free the spirit from its cell,
We must ourselves decide our duty,
We must decide and do it well.

-Refrain from The Internationale by Eugen Pottier, Translated by Charles H. Kerr

Workers of the world awaken!
Rise in all your splendid might;
Take the wealth that you are making,
It belongs to you by right.
No one will for bread be crying,
We’ll have freedom, love and health
When the grand red flag is flying
In the Workers’ Commonwealth.

-Last Stanza from Workers of the World Awaken! by Joe Hill

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

As we come marching, marching, unumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for–but we fight for roses, too!

-From Bread and Roses by James Oppenheim

When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.

Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,
Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his might?
Is ther anything left to us but to organize and fight?
For the union makes us strong.


Solidarity Forever,,
Solidarity Forever,
Silidarity Forever,
For the union makes us strong.

-Ralph Chaplin, 1915

“It is the first strike which I ever saw which sang.”

Observation of an Ore Miner’s Strike on the Messabi Range in Minnesota.

-Ray Stannard Baker
“The Revolutionary Stirke,” The American Magazine 1912


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