Forget Me Not (Arlene Mantel)

“Forget Me Not” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Forget Me Not” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Arlene Mantel.
Tune: Arlene Mantel.


We’re still talking about building strong unions,
Unions that will stretch from sea to sea.
With high tech and 6 and 5,* how the hell can we survive?
Look at me: I’m lining up for UIC.**

And I’m singing, “Solidarity Forever,”
Trying hard to keep my union spirit high.
But my spirit’s almost spent, and I can’t pay the rent.
Have you ever seen a union member cry?

For twenty years, I worked in this fact’ry.
I thought that I had job security.
But the robots have arrived, and the VDTs have thrived,
And there isn’t any room there left for me.

And I’m singing, “Solidarity Forever,”
Trying hard to keep my union spirit high.
But my spirit’s almost spent, and I can’t pay the rent.
Have you ever seen a union member cry?

If ever I needed my union,
Lord knows, I need it now.
But I lost my vote, you see, and they lost track of me,
And the union’s strength is weaker ’cause I’m gone.

And I’m singing, “Solidarity Forever,”
Trying hard to keep my union spirit high.
But my spirit’s almost spent, and I can’t pay the rent.
Have you ever seen a union member cry?

Oh, you can force me out of the union,
But you can’t force the union out of me.
I’ve paid dues for twenty years, and I refuse to believe
My union isn’t there for me.

And I’m singing, “Solidarity Forever,”
Trying hard to keep my union spirit high.
But my spirit’s almost spent, and I can’t pay the rent.
Have you ever seen a union member cry?

*wage controls
**unemployment insurance compensation


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