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Anonymous Workers (Creech and Hull)

"The Socialists Are Coming" (karaoke)

"The Socialists Are Coming" (sheet music)


Come, all you toiling nations,

And listen to my song

Of the trials of honest labor

Caused by competition's wrong!

It is this slavish system

That makes you work so hard,

And live on bread and water,

And support a monied lord.

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

It was in Eighteen-Seventy-Sev'n;

The workingfolk got tired.

And thinking of their present wrongs,

With rage their hearts were fired.

They told Tom Scott they would quit work

Unless he paid them more,

And that's the only reason

Why he dyed the land with gore!

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

They called out their brave volunteers,

Who quickly fired on us

And butchered full five hundred

Of true, honest workingfolk!

They brought us to submission,

But it did not make things right.

It learned us one good lesson, boys,

And that was how to fight!

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

We're the largest in the nation,

And if we have a mind,

We'll say who'll represent us

And who will stay behind.

We'll send good men to make our laws,

And rogues will get a slip.

We'll have good times for workingfolk,

As well as for the rich.

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

So, come, my friends, and join us,

And you'll never rue the day,

For we'll change this present system

To the Socialistic way.

We'll make this earth a paradise,

For so it ought to be,

And make ev'ry man a brother, boys,

As well as you and me.

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

We'll do our best and do it right

And be good, honest folk.

And if, perchance, we should go wrong,

We know they've done the same.

And so we'll never give it up

But try and try again

Until we get a full reform

For honest, workingmen.

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

There is plenty in this world

For all the sons of men

If there were not such vultures

That are stealing all they can.

But while there is a Vanderbilt,

A Tom Scott, or Jay Gould,

The rogues will still grow richer,

And honest folk be fooled.

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.

 

Then let us change the system

And not leave it for the few,

And if these lords don't like it,

Why, they know what they can do!

So, at the next election,

Be careful how you vote,

And send good folk to make your laws

That can't be bribed or bought!

 

Then, wait for the wagon!

The Socialists are coming.

Join in with our party, boys.

It's the only honest one.


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