Freedom’s Pioneers (James Connolly)

“Freedom’s Pioneers” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Freedom’s Pioneers” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: James Connolly.
Tune: “The Boys of Wexford.”


Our feet upon the upward path
Are set, where none may tread
Save those who to the rich man’s wrath
Dare turn rebellious head,
And hearts as brave no cringing slave
In all our rank appears;
Our proudest boast, in Labor’s host,
We’re Freedom’s Pioneers.

O, slaves may beg, and cowards whine;
We scorn their foolish fears.
We dare and plan to lead the van,
With Freedom’s Pioneers.

Too long upon our toil were built
The palaces of pow’r,
When at our word those forts of guilt
Would crumble in an hour;
Now each day brings on swiftest wings
To their unwilling ears,
The shouts that greet our marching feet,
“‘Tis Freedom’s Pioneers.”

O, slaves may beg, and cowards whine;
We scorn their foolish fears.
We dare and plan to lead the van,
With Freedom’s Pioneers.

The rich man’s hate, the rich man’s pride
Hath held us long in awe,
Our Right to Life is still denied,
And wealth still rules the law.
But man shall bow no longer now,
But welcomes with his cheers
The ringing stroke to break his yoke
Of Freedom’s Pioneers.

O, slaves may beg, and cowards whine;
We scorn their foolish fears.
We dare and plan to lead the van,
With Freedom’s Pioneers.


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