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Charles Kerr

"Breaking Chains" (karaoke)

"Breaking Chains" (sheet music)


We, the workers of the world,

Now are throwing off our chains.

See our banner red unfurled

Over seas and over plains.

From the cities of the Rhine,

From the hoary hills of Rome,

From the Belgian shop and mine

Words of cheer and greeting come.

We, the workers of the world

Now are throwing off our chains.

See our banner red unfurled

Over seas and over plains.

 

There's a happy time to come

(We can see it drawing near)

For the dwellers of the slum

Now oppressed by pain and fear

For at last they hear the call

Of the comrades on the way,

And, like men no more in thrall,

They will help to bring the day

When the workers of the world

Shall have thrown off every chain,

And their flag shall float unfurled

Over every height and plain.

 

We, the workers, shall not wait

For a leader from above.

We shall grasp the pow'rs of State;

Like an avalanche we'll move

Till the walls of pride and greed

Have been leveled to the ground.

And the lab'rer's steadfast deed

Shall with peace and joy be crowned,

For the workers of the world

Will have cast aside their chains,

And their flag will float unfurled

Over earth's remotest plains.


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