Thursday, 28 June 2012

Workers of the World, Awaken! - Joe Hill

From the ninth edition of the I.W.W. Songbook:

Workers of the World, Awaken!
By Joe Hill

Workers of the world, awaken!
Break your chains, demand your rights.
All the wealth you make is taken
By exploiting parasites.
Shall you kneel in deep submission
From your cradles to your graves?
Is the height of your ambition
To be good and willing slaves?


Arise, ye prisoners of starvation!
Fight for your own emancipation;
Arise, ye slaves of every nation
In One Union Grand
Our little ones for bread are crying.
And millions are from hunger dying;
This means the end is justifying,
‘Tis the final stand.

If the workers take a notion,
They can stop all speeding trains;
Every ship upon the ocean
They can tie with mighty chains;
Every wheel in the creation,
Every mine and every mill,
Fleets and armies of the nation
Will at their command stand still.

Join the union, fellow workers,
Men and women side by side;
We will crush the greedy shirkers
Like a sweeping, surging tide.
For united we are standing,
But divided we will fall;
Let this be our understanding—
“All for one and one for all.”

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.

1 comment:

  1. yep..... even though I don't ..... someone else reminded me earlier, the wobblies legacy still very important..... all the best.xx