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An Anonymous Worker

"Swingin' on a Scab" (karaoke)

"Swingin' on a Scab" (sheet music)


This is your fight, brother, in rhyme.

Are you gonna stick on the line

Till we force the bosses to sign?

Or would you rather be a scab?

 

A scab is an animal that walks on his knees;

He sniffs every time the bosses sneeze.

His back is brawny but his brain is weak;

He's just plain stupid with a yellow streak.

But if you don't care whose back it is you stab,

Go right ahead and be a scab.

 

Or are you gonna stick on the line

Till we force the bosses to sign?

This is your fight, brother, and mine,

Or would you rather be a fink?

 

A fink is an animal that smells like a skunk;

He's two brackets lower than a punk.

He's making his living on breaking strikes

'Cause busting unions is a job he likes.

But it gets over you kinda like a stink.

Go right ahead and be a fink.

 

Or are you gonna stick on the line

Till we force the bosses to sign?

This is your fight, brother, and mine,

Or would you rather be a stool?

 

A stool is an animal with long, hairy ears;

He runs back with everything he hears.

He's no bargain, but he can be bought,

And though he's slippery, he still gets caught.

But if your brain's like the rear end of a mule,

Go right ahead and be a stool.

 

Or are you gonna stick on the line

Till we force the bosses to sign?

This is your fight, brother, and mine,

Or would you rather be a goon?

 

A goon is an animal that's terribly shy;

He can't stand to look you in the eye.

He rides to work on the cops' coattails

And wears brass knuckles to protect his nails.

But if your head is like the hole in a spittoon,

Go right ahead and be a goon.

 

You don't have to lead with your chin;

You can pick your side and pitch in

'Cause the union's going to win.

Until the day the bosses sign,

We're gonna stick right on the line.


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