Minimum Wage Strike (David Rovics)

“Minimum Wage Strike” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Minimum Wage Strike” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: David Rovics.
Tune: David Rovics.


When I awoke one morning, there was a feeling in the air.
Ev’rything was quiet; things were diff’rent ev’rywhere.
The Wobblies were back again with Joe Hill at the mic.
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike….

There was no one flipping burgers; all the grills were cold.
Onion rings were in their bags; fries were growing mold.
There were no baristas at Starbucks, asking, “How many shots would you like?”
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike….

There was no one pumping gasoline; no one driving from town to town.
No one at the registers; all the highways were shutdown.
The cars were stuck in their garage; bus’nessmen on bikes.
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike….

The fruit was falling off the trees; no one to load the trucks.
Corn was rotting on the stalk; no farm hands to shuck.
The workfair workers were hanging at home, spending the day with their tykes.
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike….

Yuppie parents were housebound; their nannies left the job.
Walmart workers said, “Enough of our labor has been robbed.”
The Foot Locker was locked up; the boss had to take a hike.
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike….

When I awoke one morning, there was a feeling in the air.
Ev’rything was quiet; things were diff’rent ev’rywhere.
The Wobblies were back again with Joe Hill at the mic.
When all the minimum wage workers went on strike….


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