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Happy Labor Day!

“There is power in a factory, there is power in a land
There is 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 worker’s blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities to the farmlands to the factories 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 from many far-off lands
Oh, there is power in a union

Now I long for the morning when they realize
Brutality and unjust laws cannot defeat us
But who’ll defend the worker who cannot organize
When the bosses send their lackeys out to cheat us

Money speaks for money, the devil for his own
Who’ll come to speak for the skin and the bone?
What a comfort to the widow, and a light to the child
Oh, 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 all stand
Oh, there is power in a union”

– John Darnielle covering Billy Bragg covering Joe Hill