Workers Unite!

Tomorrow is May Day, an international holiday celebrating workers (though, oddly, not on most U.S. calendars.)

I’ll be talking more about it tomorrow, but for the Sunday mp3 post, have some worker songs!

Billy Bragg — The Internationale (mp3): Billy Bragg sings the theme song to revolution, inviting workers to stand up to their oppressors:

Stand up, all victims of oppression,
For the tyrants fear your might!
Don’t cling so hard to your possessions,
For you have nothing if you have no rights!
Let racist ignorance be ended,
For respect makes the empires fall!
Freedom is merely privilege extended,
Unless enjoyed by one and all.
So come brothers and sisters,
For the struggle carries on.
The Internationale,
Unites the world in song.
So comrades, come rally,
For this is the time and place!
The international ideal,
Unites the human race.

Billy Bragg — Joe Hill (mp3): And now Mr. Bragg sings about labor rights legend Joe Hill.

Depeche Mode — Pipeline (mp3): Depeche Mode are given a bad rap as a mindless bubblegum pop group, but among their more socially-conscious songs is this song of working a pipeline.

I tried to find a copy of the Star-Spangled Banner in Spanish but wasn’t lucky.

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