The Grand Labor Cause (T. Phillips Thompson)

“The Grand Labor Cause” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Grand Labor Cause” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: T. Phillips Thompson.
Tune: “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.”


Oh, union’s the hope of the toiler,
A pledge of the freedom we crave,
A certain defense from the spoiler,
Who’d rob us from cradle to grave.
When workers stand shoulder to shoulder
And firmly insist on just laws,
Each heart will grow stronger and bolder
To fight for the grand labor cause.

Three cheers for the grand labor cause!
Three cheers for the grand labor cause!
Each heart will grow stronger and bolder
To fight for the grand labor cause!

When wealth seeks to rule through the nation
And crush down the landless and poor,
The ballot’s our only salvation
From wrongs grown too great to endure.
A people united in spirit,
Who heed neither scorn nor applause,
Will reap the reward that they merit
In gaining the grand labor cause!

Three cheers for the grand labor cause!
Three cheers for the grand labor cause!
We’ll reap the reward that we merit
In gaining the grand labor cause!

Then send round the watchword of union;
No more shall dissensions betray
When banded in closest communion
We move on the tyrants’ array.
Bright hopes for the future we’ll cherish:
Free soil, equal rights, and just laws.
Like a dog may the miscreant perish
Who’s false to the grand labor cause!

Three cheers for the grand labor cause!
Three cheers for the grand labor cause!
Like a dog may the miscreant perish
Who’s false to the grand labor cause!


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