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Billy Bragg Performs “There is Power in a Union”

StorySeptember 05, 2016
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The legendary folk singer and activist Billy Bragg performs “There is Power in a Union” in our Democracy Now! studio.

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AMY GOODMAN: And we end this Labor Day special with Billy Bragg singing in our Democracy Now! studios.

BILLY BRAGG: [singing] There is power in a factory, power in the lands
Power in the hand of the worker
But it all amounts to nothing if together we don’t stand
There is power in a union

Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers’ blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities and the farmlands to trenches full of mud
War has always been the bosses’ way, sir

The union forever defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters together we will stand
There is power in a union

Now I long for the morning that they realize
Brutality and unjust laws cannot defeat us
Who will defend the workers who cannot organize
When the bosses send their lackeys out to cheat us?

Money speaks for money, the devil for his own
Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone
What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child
There is power in a union

The union forever defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters together we will stand
There is power in a union.

AMY GOODMAN: And that does it for today’s show. If you’d like to get a copy or see this show or the transcript, the podcast, video or audio of this show or any of our debates or coverage of the 2016 election, or anything else on global politics, go to democracynow.org.

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