Union Songs
From ecodem@igc.apc.org Tue Feb 22 15:40:56 1994
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 1994 15:11:37 -0800
From: Council for Democratic Economy 
Subject: Union Songs

"AMERICA! A UNION SONG"
By Elaine Purkey of West Virginia

Our great and mighty union stands
Unbroken still today
It's helped us through hard times before
We know it's here to stay
America! America! Please listen to our pleas
We want to work our union jobs
We just want to be free

(Verse II)
The federal courts have been unfair
With fine no one could pay
If this is just a labor strike
We can't they stay away
America! America! Just open up your eyes
Their only creed is corporate greed
And ours is to survive

(Verse III)
Oh! Beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesty
Above the fruited plain
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crowned they good
With brotherhood
>From sea to shining sea.


"IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME"
To the tune of "Give Me That Old Time Religion"
Lyrics by Tecora M. Rogers

Give me that new union contract
Give me that new union contract
Give me that new union contract
It's good enough for me
    
    Good enough for my union brothers
    Good enough for my union sisters
    Good enough for the union workers
    It's good enough for me

We work hard for our union wages
We work hard for our union wages
We work hard for our union wages
And it's good enough for me

    Good enough for my union brothers
    Good enough for my union sisters
    Good enough for the union workers
    It's good enough for me

We gave 30 percent of it back
We gave 30 percent of it back
We gave 30 percent of it back
And that's enough for me

    That's enough for my union brothers
    That's enough for my union sisters
    That's enough for the union workers
    And that's enough for me

Give me that new union contract
Give me that new union contract
Give me that new union contract
It's good enough for me
    
"SOLIDARITY FOREVER"
To the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

When the union's inspiration thru the worker's 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.
Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever
For the union makes us strong

They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel could turn,
We can break their haughty power gain our freedom when we
Learn that the union makes us strong.
Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever
For the union makes us strong

(The following lyrics by Tecora M. Rogers)

Five years ago they asked our help they asked us to invest
In an industry each one of us had found to be the best
With our expert skills they made good deals and filled
Their own fat vests.  But the Union makes us strong.
Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever
For the union makes us strong

Now the public has to suffer, nightly breakdowns this is true.
But *they* don't care because concession counters 
    Bring good profits too.
So beware of them, they mean no good,
    They're making fools of you,
But the union makes us strong.
Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever
For the union makes us strong


"UNION"
To the tune of "Amen" (from the movie "Lilies of the Valley"
Lyrics by Tecora M. Rogers


Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union

Lead: You know they're trying to break us
      But we're to tough yeah!
      We're gonna stick together

Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union

Lead: We've gotta stick together
      No matter what the weather
      We're taking our stand now

Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union

Lead: Lock outs can't scare us
      Scabs won't break us
      We're fighting for our rights

Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union

Lead: We're proud of our profession
      We won't take concessions
      We'll teach them a lesson

Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union

Lead: We're gonna fight until the end
      Our rights we will defend
      The union's gonna win

Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union
Chorus: Union, Union, Union, Union, Union


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