We Speak a Manifesto (Bouck White)

“We Speak a Manifesto” Sheet Music (pdf).
“We Speak a Manifesto” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Bouck White.
Tune: “I Love to Tell the Story.”


We speak a manifesto
Of things that soon shall be.
We speak it forth with gusto,
With boldness glad and free.
O, brightest hues we’ll borrow
To tint the picture true.
’Twill remedy earth’s sorrow
As nothing else can do.

O, tell aloud the story,
Beyond the pathway gory
Looms Socialism’s glory:
The toilers’ jubilee.

We love the story splendid.
More wonderful it seems
Than those that are attended
With fiction’s wizard dreams.
Its praise no tongue can render:
Humanity redeemed!
O, higher is its splendor
Than ever star has beamed.

O, tell aloud the story,
Beyond the pathway gory
Looms Socialism’s glory:
The toilers’ jubilee.

A story that arouses,
’Tis pleasant to repeat.
We tell it in the houses;
We tell it on the street.
We’ll heed no mammon’s chidings
Nor cease till all have heard
The Revolution tidings,
In God’s own holy word.

O, tell aloud the story,
Beyond the pathway gory
Looms Socialism’s glory:
The toilers’ jubilee.

O, shout the proclamation,
Soapboxers, shout it loud!
Speak to a dying nation,
To toilers worn and bowed.
This is the consummation,
Which hearts have sought so long,
Mankind’s regeneration,
Humanity’s new song.

O, tell aloud the story,
Beyond the pathway gory
Looms Socialism’s glory:
The toilers’ jubilee.


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