“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