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Chumbawamba

"The Idris Strike Song" (karaoke)

"The Idris Strike Song" (sheet music)


Have you been to work at Idris?

No, we won't go in today

For we're standing by our comrade,

And we'll never run away.

She stood bravely by the union,

And she spoke up for us true.

And if she gets the sack,

No, we never will go back

Whate'er they do, whate'er they do.

 

Now you boys who're washing bottles,

It really is a shame

To take the place of women.

Don't you think you are to blame?

Come with us and join the union.

Never heed what Idris say.

We are out to right the wrong,

And now we shan’t be long.

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

 

Master Willy, Master Willy,

You must give in once again.

It was wrong to sack a woman

With two children to maintain.

Thirteen years, she's faithf'lly served you,

Though she was three minutes late.

But our little sister, Anne,

Why she never checked the man

At the gate, at the gate.

 

Oh, you great king in the palace

And you statesmen at the top,

When you're drinking soda water

Or imbibing ginger pop,

Think of those who work at Idris

For very little pay

And who only get nine bob

For a most unpleasant job.

Alackaday! Alackaday!

 

Now then, girls all join the union

Whatever you may be

In pickles, jam, or choc'lates,

Or packing pounds of tea.

For we all want better wages,

And this is what we say,

"We are out to right the wrong,

And now, we shan't be long!

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!"


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