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Rise up singing!

There is a union music group on the "old" UnionBook site, so I thought I'd start one here too. Discussion of singers and songs of struggle, solidarity, and social justice.

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HELLO MY FRIENDS! OUR ORGANISATION NAMELY " ALL PAKISTAN FEDERATION OF UNITED TRADE UNIONS " (APFUTU) is running schools for those children which our organmisation have freed from Brick Kiln…Continue

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OLD & NEW Songs very welcome!Continue

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Comment by Julie Horne on November 1, 2013 at 8:11


‘Who Mines the Riches’, is a tribute song & film clip,to mineworkers around the world.It turns the spotlight on who actually creates the wealth from mining (mineworkers) and who reaps the rich rewards from it (powerful mining companies). Great song & YouTube video at this link:


Comment by Jemmy Hope on October 25, 2013 at 20:55
Comment by Julie Horne on March 1, 2013 at 11:02

Beautiful songs of solidarity, history and Inspiration on Low Tide Drifters CD New Hard Time Blues.



Comment by Julie Horne on December 22, 2012 at 18:49

you tube recording of 'dollar alarm clock': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpfhDZfa478

(sorry if you get an advertisement for study at macquarie university at the beginning.you can click to skip ahead to the song)


Comment by Julie Horne on December 22, 2012 at 18:24

recording of 'old oaken bucket' on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI4ej8b1VeE

this is the tune used for 'dollar alarm clock'

Comment by Julie Horne on December 22, 2012 at 18:15
Comment by Viola Wilkins on December 20, 2012 at 3:27
(John Healy)
How dear to my heart are those chimes in the morning
That yank me from bed with melodious thrill;
How sweet is the sound of the regular warning
That yells that it's time that I hike to the mill.
Without it I'd sleep till the sun had arisen,
Be late to the job that my boss lets me use;
Get canned, perhaps steal, maybe land in a prison,
If the chimes didn't hustle me out of my snooze.
Chorus: The faithful alarm clock;
The rattling alarm clock;
The dollar alarm clock
That rests on my shelf.
What a blessing it was when the thing was invented:
It beats the slave -driver who came with his stick;
It rests on the shelf in the shack that I rented;
It never gets hungry, it never gets sick.
If overly weary I take a tin bucket
And place the alarm clock down into the thing;
When it chimes in the morning it doubles the racket;
It would wake up the dead when the two of them ring.
Sometimes the good woman gets worn and weary
And says we are hauling too much of a load;
I tell her the journey would look still more dreary
If the dollar alarm clock should fail to explode.
Then here's to my booster that only needs winding;
And here's to the victim that just keeps alive,
The boss gets the money and I do the grinding
The clock starts the circus at quarter past five.
tune: Old Oaken Bucket
From IWW Songbook, 1918
Comment by Viola Wilkins on December 18, 2012 at 0:43
Comment by Julie Horne on September 2, 2012 at 9:05

Thank you Peter.

Comment by Peter Todd on August 30, 2012 at 16:46

I have an mp3 on my page, "The Martyrs" words by Ron Todd former G.S of the T.G.W.U. music & vocals by Paul Brett, the world renowned 12 string guitarist. The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, please feel free to download it, if you like it.


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