Arise, ye workers from your slumber

It’s International Workers Day, comrades! If you can’t make your local Smash the State rally (there doesn’t appear to be one in Bibleburg, surprise, surprise), then sing along with Alistair Hulett and Jimmy Gregory. And a-one, and a-two, aaaaaand. …

While we’re awaiting the inevitable proletarian triumph over the slavemasters of Wall Street, let’s have a list of your favorite working-class anthems in comments. Here are a few of mine:

• “Joe Hill,” by Paul Robeson.

• “Which Side Are You On?,” by Billy Bragg.

• “All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose,” by Woody Guthie.

• “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” by Tom Waits.

• “The Red Flag,” by Jim Connell.

• “The Sergeant and Arthur McBride,” by Paul Brady.

• “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum,” by Utah Phillips.

• “Christmas In Washington,” by Steve Earle.

• “I’m Changing My Name To Fannie Mae,” by Arlo Guthrie.

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21 Responses to “Arise, ye workers from your slumber”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Pardon my cynicism, but you could sell the U.S. worker the very knife that will slit his throat. At Wal-Mart, of course.

    Happy May Day, at any rate, Comrades. A moment or two of silence for our ~400 brothers and sisters who died in that collapsed Bangladesh factory, who gave their lives so our fellow citizens can have nineteen dollars shorts and cheap kit.

  2. John O Says:

    King of the Road, Roger Miller. 2 hours of pushing broom !

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ah, yes … “a man of means, by no means.” Just like you and me, eh, Usuk?

    • Steve O Says:

      My 3 year old was watching Curious George the other day, and for no reason, apropos of nothing, KOTR was the background music. Man, that song ear-wigs its way into your prefrontal cortex and doesn’t let go.

      And every lock that ain’t locked when no ones around.

      Little experiment: around the water cooler, just whisper “No phone no pool no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes” and see how long it takes to hear someone else humming it.

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  3. Steve O Says:

    This Fucking Job, Drive By Truckers
    The Day John Henry Died, DBT

  4. khal spencer Says:

    May not be my favorite, but since it hasn’t been mentioned so far, “Solidarity Forever” by Ralph Chapman.

    Don’t forget anything relevant by Pete Seeger.

  5. Steve O Says:

    Pretty much every song on Steve Earle’s The Revolution Starts

  6. Patrick O'Brien Says:

  7. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Then we have Henry’s Turkey Service, another outstanding corporate citizen. Wanna bet how many corporate or company guys see the inside of a cell on this one?

  8. Larry T. Says:

    Sort of on the WORK subject. Folks say nothing works here in Sicily (or wait, is that Washington, DC?) but we showed up at this tiny museum on May Day where the locals told us it was closed because of the holiday. The wife phoned them and the nice lady said, “we can be open, when are you coming?” and when the answer was “we’re here” it was open. More details on that here.

  9. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    I thought it was telling that when I pulled up Arlo Guthries’s song, I’m Changing My Name to Fannie Mae” on youtube, the popup add was for Coldwell Banker home loans. Come an get it while Bernie is still printing it. Might as well play like the big boys until the bubble pops again and sprays another shower of shit on the hoi polloi.

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