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Utah Phillips

"Bread and Roses" (karaoke)

"Bread and Roses" (sheet music)


As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,

A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mills lofts gray

Are brightened by the beauty a sudden sun discloses,

And the people hear us singing, “Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses!”

 

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men

For they are in this struggle, and together we can win.

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes.

Hearts can starve as well as bodies: “Give us Bread, but give us Roses.”

 

As we come marching, marching, a hundred million dead

Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.

Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.

Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses, too.

 

As we come marching, marching, we’re standing proud and tall;

The rising of the women is the rising of us all.

No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,

But a sharing of life’s glories: “Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses!”

 

As we come marching, marching, in the beauty of the day,

A million darkened kitchens and a thousand mill lofts gray

Are brightened by the beauty a sudden sun discloses,

And the people hear us singing, “Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses!”


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