Pete Seeger – Which Side are You On? – Lyrics boiling with political fury.

Peteseeger-adv-obit-slide-9WAT-jumbo Pete Seeger on stage 1960 Pete-performing-before-festival-goers

Well Pete was blacklisted. He was chased by McCarthy. He was a communist. He was an Environmentalist. He was a Trade Unionist. He was an activist. He stood with Woody Guthrie and he sang his songs. The establishment hated him.

He tried to build a better world for everyone.

He stood against the capitalist bosses who hired the thugs to break strikes and enable them to reduce wages to starvation levels. He fought for the unions to bring fairness and dignity.

He was lambasted, ridiculed, banned and beaten up but he stood tall and kept singing the same message.

In this land of austerity where the rich get richer and the poor get the blame it is time to ask the same question: Which side are you on?

Which Side Are You On?

Come all of you good workers,
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell.

[Chorus:]
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
And I’m a miner’s son,
And I’ll stick with the union
‘Til every battle’s won.

[Chorus]

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there;
You’ll either be a union man,
Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

[Chorus]

Oh workers can you stand it?
Oh tell me how you can.
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

[Chorus]

Don’t scab for the bosses,
Don’t listen to their lies.
Us poor folks haven’t got a chance
Unless we organize.

[Chorus]

3 thoughts on “Pete Seeger – Which Side are You On? – Lyrics boiling with political fury.

  1. Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love , btw outstanding style. Audacity, a lot more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. kebdkecdecek

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