Here’s to the Women (Linda Allen)

“Here’s to the Women” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Here’s to the Women” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Linda Allen.
Tune: Linda Allen.


History books give us historical facts
Of soldiers and sailors and men with their axes.
But who filled their bellies? And who washed their clothes?
Who raised up the children? Who nurtured their souls?

Without all the women, now, where would we be?
Working and caring throughout history.
Their hands on the plow, but their stories untold.
So, here’s to the women who shouldered the load.

The wilderness held you in the palm of her hand.
It took more than muscle to settle this land.
Women together went straight to the task
With schools and libraries: a city at last.

Without all the women, now, where would we be?
Working and caring throughout history.
Their hands on the plow, but their stories untold.
So, here’s to the women who shouldered the load.

It’s down at the fact’ry; it’s out on the line.
A woman is working from morning to night.
Her mind on the children, her hand on the frame,
If the kids get in trouble, it’s she who is blamed.

Without all the women, now, where would we be?
Working and caring throughout history.
Their hands on the plow, but their stories untold.
So, here’s to the women who shouldered the load.

Then, it’s back home again to do supper and chores,
Canning and mending and scrubbing the floors.
She scarce sees the children before they are in bed.
It’s a hard life to follow for beans and fried bread.

Without all the women, now, where would we be?
Working and caring throughout history.
Their hands on the plow, but their stories untold.
So, here’s to the women who shouldered the load.

In hard times and good times, the women would share
Their songs and their stories, their loves, and their fears.
Their history’s recorded, the song never ends,
In the memories of mothers and sisters and friends.

Without all the women, now, where would we be?
Working and caring throughout history.
Their hands on the plow, but their stories untold.
So, here’s to the women who shouldered the load.

Here’s to the women who shouldered the load.


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