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Richard Brazier

[No Tune]


Are you led by labor fakirs? Do you heed their beck and call?
Then, beware, ye proletaire! Take heed, ye proletaire,
For the service they will render you will send you to the wall
And keep ye there, ye proletaire. ‘Twill keep ye there.
It’s true: you’ve fought as toilers ought.
We see that by the scars and wounds you bear,
But you’ve lost your fights (likewise your rights)
Because you’ve fought each other, proletaire,
Instead of the boss, ye proletaire.

So join with us and help brave the masters’ angry rage.
Away with lord and slave in every future age!
Let’s raise the scarlet banner high; salute it as we’re passing by.
And as one man, we all will cry: We will unite.

Renounce those labor leaders; leave the union of your craft.
Come in and do your share to uplift the proletaire.
Come join the Industrial Workers, which is not run for graft
But to unite the working class (the proletaire).
They are pledged to fight the capitalist might
And emancipate the workers everywhere
To make them free from wage slavery
And give everyone who labors their full share
And nothing to the master, proletaire.

So join with us and help brave the masters’ angry rage.
Away with lord and slave in every future age!
Let’s raise the scarlet banner high; salute it as we’re passing by.
And as one man, we all will cry: We will unite.

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