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  •  Good summary (1+ / 0-)
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    CanisMaximus

    but the song/poem at the end doesn't quite make sense in that context, or maybe I'm missing something?

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:04:48 PM PDT

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    •  union medley (2+ / 0-)
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      woody guthrie songs

      [You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union / Put It On The Ground / Union Maid / We Shall Not Be Moved / Which Side Are You On?]

      You gotta go down and join the union
      You got to join it by yourself
      Ain't nobody here can join it for you
      You gotta go down and join the union by yourself

      [Spoken:]
      Working in the factories would kill a dog
      Working on the belt line killed your soul
      Working in the limestone and cement quarries withered your lungs
      Working in the cotton mills shot your legs and feet all to hell
      And working in the steel mills burned up your spirit
      like a gnat that lit in the melting pot
      But out of this whole mixing bowl of hell and high water
      The working folk have marched against Billy clubs,
      against machine guns
      And they sang their way through the whole dirty mess

      Now, the bank men have got their union, and the
      landlords got their union
      And the finance men got their union
      But down south and out west
      On the cotton farms and working in the orchards and fruit crops
      It's a jail house offense for a few, common everyday workers
      To form them a union and get together for higher wages
      Honest pay and fair treatment.
      [Woody Guthrie, 1941]

      You gotta go down and join the union
      You got to join it by yourself
      Ain't nobody here can join it for you
      You gotta go down and join the union by yourself

      If you want a raise in pay all you have to do
      Is go and ask the boss for it and he will give it to you
      He will give it to you, my boys, he will give it to you
      A raise in pay without delay; He will give it to you

      Oh, put it on the ground, spread it all around
      Dig it with a hoe and it will make your flowers grow

      Oh, the men who own the industries they own no bonds or stocks
      They own no yachts and limousines or gems the size of rocks
      They own no big estates with pools or silken BVD's
      Because they pay the working man such fancy salaries

      Oh, put it on the ground, spread it all around
      Dig it with a hoe and it will make your flowers grow

      There once was a union maid who never was afraid
      Of the goons and ginks and the company finks
      And the deputy sheriff who made the raid
      She went to the union hall where a meeting it was called
      And when the company boys came around
      She always stood her ground

      Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union
      I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union
      Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union
      I'm sticking to the union 'till the day I die

      This union maid was wise to the tricks of the company spies
      She couldn't be fooled by the company's stool
      She'd always organize the guys
      She'd always get her way when she struck for better pay
      She'd show her card to the company guard
      And this is what she'd say:

      Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union
      I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union
      Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union
      I'm sticking to the union 'till the day I die

      We shall not, we shall not be moved
      We shall not, we shall not be moved
      Just like a tree that's standing by the water
      We shall not be moved

      Black and white together
      We shall not be moved
      Our union is forever
      We shall not be moved
      Just like a tree that's standing by the water
      We shall not be moved

      We shall not, we shall not be moved
      We shall not, we shall not be moved
      Just like a tree that's standing by the water
      We shall not be moved

      They say in Harlan County there are no neutrals there
      You'll either be a union man or a thug for J.H. Blair

      Which side are you on, which side are you on?
      Which side are you on which side are you on?

      Don't scab for the bosses, don't you listen to their lies
      Us poor folks haven't got a chance unless we organize

      Which side are you on, which side are you on?
      Which side are you on which side are you on

      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 06:44:49 PM PDT

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    •  My point of quoting a 1950s union song was this: (1+ / 0-)
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      CanisMaximus

      By the time Lay it On the Ground was written ... Organized Labor represented about a third of non-government workers and exercised enormous political clout -- directed by an at least nominally grass roots democratic process.

      So ... this was a happy song -- smug even -- snarking at reactionaries who had equated Unionism with the Communist Internationale -- AND WHO HAD LOST!

      But, with one thing and another we've returned to the situation in which each worker must "negotiate" separately with her/his employer for "what the market decides" -- take it or leave it

      As it was when this song was written

      Solidarity Forever

      When the Union's inspiration in the Workers' blood shall run
      There can be no  Power greater anywhere beneath the sun
      Yet what could be as helpless as the feeble strength of one ?
      But the Union makes us strong

      Solidarity Forever
      Solidarity Forever
      Solidarity Forever
      For the Union makes us strong.

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