Up from Your Knees (Ralph Chaplin)

“Up from Your Knees” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Up from Your Knees” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Ralph Chaplin.
Tune: “Song of a Thousand Years.”


Up from your knees, you cringing workers!
What have ye gained by whines and tears?
Rise! They can never break our spirits
Though they should try a thousand years.

A thousand years, then speed the victory!
Nothing can stop us or dismay.
After the winter comes the springtime;
After the darkness comes the day.

Break ye your chains; strike off your fetters;
Beat them to swords; the foes appear;
Slaves of the world, arise and crush them;
Crush them or serve a thousand years.

A thousand years, then speed the victory!
Nothing can stop us or dismay.
After the winter comes the springtime;
After the darkness comes the day.

Join in the fight, the final battle;
Welcome the fray with ringing cheers;
These are the times all enslaved dreamed of:
Fought to attain a thousand years.

A thousand years, then speed the victory!
Nothing can stop us or dismay.
After the winter comes the springtime;
After the darkness comes the day.

Be ye prepared; be not unworthy:
Greater the task when triumph nears;
Master the earth, O, ye who labor;
Long have ye learned: a thousand years.

A thousand years, then speed the victory!
Nothing can stop us or dismay.
After the winter comes the springtime;
After the darkness comes the day.

Over the hills, the sun is rising;
Out of the gloom, the light appears;
See! At your feet, the world is waiting:
Bought with your blood a thousand years.

A thousand years, then speed the victory!
Nothing can stop us or dismay.
After the winter comes the springtime;
After the darkness comes the day.


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