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  •  which side are you on (1+ / 0-)
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    (Natalie Merchant sings it)

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    Come you ranks of labor, come you union core,
    And see if you remember the struggles of before,
    When you were standing helpless on the outside of the door
    And you started building links on the chain,
    On the chain, you started building links on the chain.

    When the police on the horses were waitin’ on demand,
    Ridin’ through the strike with the pistols in their hands,
    Swingin’ at the skulls of many a union man,
    As you built one more link on the chain, on the chain,
    As you built one more link on the chain.

    Then the army of the fascists tried to put you on the run,
    But the army of the union, they did what could be done,
    Oh, the power of the factory was greater than the gun,
    As you built one more link on the chain, on the chain,
    As you built one more link on the chain.

    ...

    Amd the man who tries to tell you that they’ll take your job away,
    He’s the same man who was scabbin’ hard just the other day,
    And your union’s not a union till he’s thrown out of the way,
    And he’s chokin’ on your links of the chain, of the chain,
    And he’s chokin’ on your links of the chain.

    --Phil Ochs, links on the chain (some verses omitted)

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