Ella May Wiggins 

Ella May Wiggins (1900-1929) was an American textile worker, union organizer, and singer/songwriter murdered by company gun thugs.

"Woody Guthrie considered her one of our nation’s best songwriters. Alan Lomax published her stark union ballads in his acclaimed collections of American folksongs. Pete Seeger recorded a version of her most famous song on a Cold War folk revival album. Her name was Ella May Wiggins, and although she is not well known today, she was one of a handful of southern grassroots…

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Dreadful Memories 

Sarah Ogan Gunning

"Dreadful Memories" (karaoke)

"Dreadful Memories" (sheet music)

Dreadful mem'ries, how they linger

How they ever flood my soul

How the workers and their children

Die from hunger and from cold.

 

Hungry fathers, wearied mothers

Living in those dreadful shacks

Little children cold and hungry

With no clothing on their backs.

 

Dreadful gun thugs and stool pigeons

Always flock around our door

What's the crime that we've committed?

Nothing, only that we're poor.

 

When I…

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Come On, Friends, and Let's Go Down 

Sarah Ogan Gunning

"Come On Friends and Let's Go Down" (karaoke)

"Come On, Friends, and Let's Go Down" (sheet music)

Come on, friends, and let's go down, let's go down, let's go down.

Come on, friends, and let's go down, down on the picket line.

 

As I went down on the picket line to keep them scabs out of the mine,

Who is going to win the strike, come on and we'll show you the way.

 

Come on, friends, and let's go down, let's go down, let's go down.

Come on, friends, and let's go down, down on the…

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New York Mining Disaster, 1941 (Chumbawamba) 

Chumbawamba

"New York Mining Disaster, 1941" (karaoke)

"New York Mining Disaster, 1941" (sheet music)

In the event of something happening to me,

There is something I would like you all to see.

It’s just a photograph of someone that I knew.

 

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?

Do you know what it’s like on the outside?

Don’t go talking too loud; you’ll cause a landslide,

Mr. Jones.

 

I keep straining my ears to hear a sound.

Maybe someone is digging underground.

Or have they given up and all gone home…

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I Never Go to Work (They Might Be Giants) 

They Might Be Giants

"I Never Go to Work" (karaoke)

"I Never Go to Work" (sheet music)

Oh no, no, I never go to work Oh no, no, I never go to work Oh no, no, I never go to work Oh no, no, I never go to work

 

On Mondays, I never go to work

On Tuesdays, I stay at home

On Wednesdays, I never feel inclined

Work is the last thing on my mind

On Thursdays, it's a holiday!

And Fridays I detest

Oh it's much too late on a Saturday

And Sunday is the day of rest

 

Oh yes, yes, practice trumpet every…

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They Might Be Giants 

They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell.

“A recurring theme in TMBG’s songs, particularly those written by Flansburgh, seems to be a general disdain for or hatred of work (especially desk jobs).”

—http://tmbw.net/wiki/Aversion_To_Work

I Never Go to Work

 

Plains of Maralinga (Alistair Hulett) 

Alistair Hulett

"Plains of Maralinga" (karaoke)

"Plains of Maralinga" (sheet music)

Remember in the old days how we sucked up to the Poms?

We stood and sang their anthem like a pack of Uncle Toms.

And they bought our beef and wool, so we let them test their bombs

In the heartland of Australia, where the black-skinned nation roams.

 

There was nothing in the papers about what was being done.

If Robert Menzies knew, by Christ, he wasn’t letting on,

For he loved his flaming knighthood, that great…

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Old King Coal (Alistair Hulett) 

Alistair Hulett

"Old King Coal" (karaoke)

"Old King Coal" (sheet music)

Under the ground lay Old King Coal,

And he lay most peacefully.

He ruled in might and splendor.

There was none so proud as he.

But men came along to tunnel him out

And rip him from his throne.

They tore him down to steal his crown

For the pow'r in the old black stone.

 

There's fire in the heart of Old King Coal.

There's the strength of centuries in his soul.

There's a fire that grows where his black blood flows.

So…

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Cotton Mill Girls (Hedy West) 

Hedy West

"Cotton Mill Girls" (karaoke)

"Cotton Mill Girls" (sheet music)

I’ve worked in the cotton mill all of my life,

And I ain’t got nothin’ but a Barlow knife.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.

It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

 

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.

It’s hard times ev’rywhere.

 

In 1915, we heard it said,

“Move to the country and get ahead.”

It’s hard times, cotton mill girls.

It’s hard times…

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The Bosses' Darling (Jean Hart) 

Jean Hart

"The Bosses' Darling" (karaoke)

"The Bosses' Darling" (sheet music)

O, come along girls, to the factory,

The production line is turning.

If you work all day for the minimum pay,

God knows what you’ll be earning.

Get stuck in as you arrive

To keep your family alive.

At the end of the week, you’ll just survive

To be the bosses’ darling.

 

Your patience and dexterity,

They’re endlessly adoring.

They say you’re suited for the job,

Which means the job is boring.

You think you’re…

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