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Billy Bragg

"The Internationale" (karaoke)

"The Internationale" (sheet music)


Stand up all victims of oppression

For the tyrants fear your might.

Don't cling so hard to your possessions

For you have nothing if you have no rights.

Let racist ignorance be ended

For respect makes the empires fall.

Freedom is merely priv'lege extended

Unless enjoyed by one and all.

 

So, come, brothers and sisters,

For the struggle carries on;

The Internationale

Unites the world in song.

So, come, comrades, and rally

For this is the time and place;

The international ideal

Unites the human race.

 

Let no one build walls to divide us:

Walls of hatred or of stone.

Come greet the dawn and stand beside us.

We'll live together or we'll die alone.

In our world poisoned by exploitation,

Those who have taken, now, they must give

And end the vanity of nations:

We've but one earth on which to live.

 

So, come, brothers and sisters,

For the struggle carries on;

The Internationale

Unites the world in song.

So, come, comrades, and rally

For this is the time and place;

The international ideal

Unites the human race.

 

And so begins the final drama

In the streets and in the fields.

We stand unbowed before their armor.

We defy their guns and shields.

When we fight provoked by their aggression,

Let us be inspired by like and love.

Although they offer us concessions,

Change will not come from above.

 

So, come, brothers and sisters,

For the struggle carries on;

The Internationale

Unites the world in song.

So, come, comrades, and rally

For this is the time and place;

The international ideal

Unites the human race.


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