billy bragg

There is Power in a Union
  • There is Power in a Union
  • the Mountain Goats / Billy Bragg
  • zVarious Unreleased

Now I long for the morning that they realise
Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us
But who’ll defend the workers who cannot organise
When the bosses send their lackies 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 out sisters from many far off lands
There is power in a Union.

All You Fascists Bound to Lose
  • All You Fascists Bound to Lose
  • Billy Bragg & Wilco
  • Mermaid Avenue Vol. II

I’m gonna tell you fascists
You may be surprised
The people in this world
Are getting organized

You’re bound to lose
You fascists bound to lose

Race hatred cannot stop us
This one thing we know
Your poll tax and Jim Crow
And greed has got to go

You’re bound to lose
You fascists bound to lose.

All of you fascists bound to lose:
I said, all of you fascists bound to lose:
Yes sir, all of you fascists bound to lose:
You’re bound to lose! You fascists:
Bound to lose!

People of every color
Marching side to side
Marching ‘cross these fields
Where a million fascists dies

You’re bound to lose
You fascists bound to lose!

I’m going into this battle
And take my union gun
We’ll end this world of slavery
Before this battle’s won

You’re bound to lose
You fascists bound to lose!

The Internationale
  • The Internationale
  • Billy Bragg
  • The Internationale

Stand up, all victims of oppression
For the tyrants fear your might
Don’t cling so hard to your possessions
For you have nothing, if you have no rights
Let racist ignorance be ended
For respect makes the empires fall
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all

So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on
The Internationale
Unites the world in song
So comrades come rally
For this is the time and place
The international ideal
Unites the human race

Let no one build walls to divide us
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us
We’ll live together or we’ll die alone 
In our world poisoned by exploitation
Those who have taken, now they must give
And end the vanity of nations
We’ve but one Earth on which to live

And so begins the final drama
In the streets and in the fields
We stand unbowed before their armour
We defy their guns and shields
When we fight, provoked by their aggression
Let us be inspired by life and love
For though they offer us concessions
Change will not come from above

Apple Peels

More covers. This time just Beatles songs and songs in their style. This is from early 2004.

1. “She Loves You” from Pickin’ on the Beatles, vol. 1

2. “Letter B” from Sesame Street’s Best

3. “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Supremes

4. “Come Together” by Aerosmith

5. “Day Tripper” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

6. “I Am the Walrus” by Oingo Boingo

7. “Stairway to Heaven” by the Beatnix

8. “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road” by Lydia Lunch

9. “Helter Skelter” by the Bobs

10. “It Won’t Be Long” by Richard Thompson

11. “From You to Me” by Bobby McFerrin

12. “She’s Leaving Home” by Billy Bragg

13. “I Wanna Be Your Man” by Sam Phillips

14. “For No One” by Anne Sofie von Otter & Elvis Costello

15. “Across the Universe” by Fiona Apple

16. “We Can Work It Out” by Anthony Stewart Head & George Sarah

17. “Golden Slumbers” by Jackson Browne & Jennifer Warnes

18. “In My Life” by Johnny Cash

19. “Back in ‘64″ by the Rutles

Top 10 British protest and political songs

1. Jarvis Cocker – Running the World (2006)
Originally written about Blair and Bush, I think this is more appropriate now than it ever has been.


2. Billy Bragg – Never Cross a Picket Line (1990)
You can’t have a list of the best political and protest songs without the king of political music.


3. Lily Allen – Hard Out Here (2014)
Lily Allen manages to reference body image, double standards, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and the glass ceiling all in one song.


4. The Jam – Eton Riffles (1979)
We still have old Etonians running the country, including the Prime Minister and Mayor of London. Apparently David Cameron is a fan of this song, to Paul Weller’s dismay.

5. Pulp – Cocaine Socialism (1998)
Jarvis Cocker wrote Cocaine Socialism after being contacted by one of Blair’s minions during the 1997 general election campaign begging for his support, to try and make Blair look cool. An angry Jarvis Cocker wrote this in response.

6. Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next (1998)
In 2009, it was discovered that the song was used on the website of the British National Party as the soundtrack of an article describing “the violence, hatred, fragmentation and despair” wrought on London by the “great multicultural experiment”. Obviously the Irony was lost on them.


7. Lily Allen – Fuck You (2009)
Her opinions on the British National Party are made pretty clear, she did also once dedicate it to the FIFA President.


8. Frank Turner – Thatcher Fucked The Kids (2006)
Turner actually regrets writing this saying “I regret writing the song simply because I started getting a lot of people coming to my shows who didn’t give two shits about my music. I’d just said something they agreed with. There’s a fair amount of analysis in that song that I would 100% stand by, but writing that was almost dipping a toe into the world of being a protest singer. I tried it, I really didn’t like it, and so I did something else with my life.”

9. Pulp – Common People (1995)
Although being one of the most famous songs of the 1990s, Common People never actually made it to number 1 unfortunately. Should have done though.

10. Plan B – Ill Manors (2012)
Ill Manors was written as a response to 2011’s riots and “society’s failure to nurture its disadvantaged youth.” The Guardian described Ill Manors as “the first great mainstream protest song in years.”


All you Fascists - Billy Bragg and Wilco


The Internationale – Billy Bragg & Choir

The song that warms my heart with the red fires of socialism.