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Rise Up Singing: Which Side Are You On?

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Published on Sep 25, 2009

Words by Florence Reece; melody, traditional (Lay the Lily Low)
Rise Up Singing chapter: Work, p.260

Am - Em Am / Em Am E Am / Am - E Am (repeat this last line if you like the chorus twice like I do)

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
Which side are you on (boys)? Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner, he's now in the air and sun
And I'll stick to the union 'til every battle's won
or
My daddy was a miner, and I'm a miner's son
And I'll stick to the union 'til every battle's won

They say in Harlan County, there are no neutrals there
You're either with the union, or a thug for J.H. Blair

Oh, workers, can you stand it? Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a crummy scab or lend us all a hand?

Don't scab for the bosses, don't listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven't got a chance unless we organise

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