Public Workers, Stand Together (Paul McKenna)

“Public Workers, Stand Together” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Public Workers, Stand Together” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Paul McKenna.
Tune: “Life’s Railway to Heaven.”


Times are tough for public workers.
Ev’ry day, it’s something new:
Layoff threats and hiring freezes,
Freezes in our wages, too,
Paychecks pounded by inflation,
Budgets cut down to the bone.
We have got to stand together.
It’s no time to stand alone!

Public workers, stand together!
Stand with pride and dignity.
We are all in this together,
Ev’ry public employee.

The papers slander and insult us,
Call us lazy parasites.
They say we’re only civil servants,
And servants have no civil rights.
They turn the populace against us
With the lies they fabricate.
Let’s tell our side of the story.
Then, we’ll set the record straight.

Public workers, stand together!
Stand with pride and dignity.
We are all in this together,
Ev’ry public employee.

Workers in the private sector,
We’re no different from you.
We work hard to feed our fam’lies,
Pay our rent and taxes, too.
It doesn’t matter who we work for.
We’re all workers just the same.
But the rights you take for granted,
We’re still fighting to obtain.

Public workers, stand together!
Stand with pride and dignity.
We are all in this together,
Ev’ry public employee.

In conclusion, fellow workers,
We must organize for pow’r.
“Solidarity Forever”
Is the watchword of the hour.
Let’s fight back in opposition
Against the bosses and the press,
Build a workers’ coalition,
And march onward to success.

Public workers, stand together!
Stand with pride and dignity.
We are all in this together,
Ev’ry public employee.


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