Union Song (Tom Morello)

“Union Song” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Union Song” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Tom Morello.
Tune: Tom Morello.


For the fired auto workers, who were twisted, tricked, and robbed,
To the peasant in Guatemala in a sweatshop, got your job.
And she can’t feed her fam’ly on the pennies that she makes.
Meanwhile the crime rate’s risin’ up and down the Great Lake states.

Like veg’tables left in the field, the signatures smell rotten
On the contracts and the deeds that push the race down to the bottom.
As they load the rubber bullets, as they fire another round,
I’m headin’ to the tear gas. Dig in, man, hold your ground.

For Joe Hill and César Chávez, who fought in their own time,
For our brothers and our sisters up and down that picket line.
For the unnamed and unnumbered, who struggle brave and long,
For the union men and women standin’ up and standin’ strong!

Hey! That’s right.

¿Si nos quedemos juntos vamos a ganar? Si!
Y’all hit ’em where it hurts and bite the hand that feeds.
You might get one to three or probation and a fine.
Well, I know where I’m gonna be: I’m gonna be right on that front line.

For Joe Hill and César Chávez, who fought in their own time,
For our brothers and our sisters up and down that picket line.
For the unnamed and unnumbered, who struggle brave and long,
For the union men and women standin’ up and standin’ strong!

Hey! That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Now, dirty scabs will cross the line while others stand aside and look,
But ain’t nobody never got nothin’ that didn’t raise their voice and push
Like the steelworker in Ohio, the miner in West Virginia,
The teacher in Chicago, janitor in Mississippi.
From the sweatshops of L. A., to the fields of Mission Flats,
There’s a thunder cloud explodin’ and I’m free at last!

Like Joe Hill and César Chávez, who fought in their own time,
Like our brothers and our sisters up and down that picket line.
Like the unnamed and unnumbered, who struggle brave and long,
Like the union men and women standin’ up and standin’ strong.

Like the unnamed and unnumbered, who struggled brave and long,
Like the union men and women standin’ up and standin’ strong!

Hey!


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