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The Song of the Proletaire, song lyrics

Song: The Song of the Proletaire
Lyrics: Tom O'Reilly(1)(2)

Music: Tom O'Reilly
Year: 1876(1)
Genre:
Country: USA



Base oppressors! cease your slumbers,
Listen to a people's cry;
Hark! united, countless numbers,
Swell the peal of agony.
Lo, from labor's sons and daughters,
In the depths of misery,
Like the sound of many waters
Comes the cry: "We will be free,"
Comes the cry: "We will be free,"
Comes the cry: "We will be free,"

Tyrants quail! dawn is breaking,
Dawn of freedom's glorious day;
Mammon(3) on his thrown is quaking,
Iron bands are giving way.
Statecraft, kingcraft, black oppression
Cannot bear our scrutiny,
For we've learned the startling lesson
That if we will we can be free!
That if we will we can be free!
That if we will we can be free!
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By our own, our children's charta,
By the fire within our veins,
By each truth-attesting martyr,
By our tears, our groans and pains,
By our rights by nature given,
by the voice of liberty,
We procliam before high Heaven
That we will, we must be free!
That we will, we must be free!
That we will, we must be free!

Winds and waves, the tidings carry;
Electra(4), in your fiery car,
Winged with lightning, do not tarry,
Bear the news to lands afar.
Bid them sound the thrilling story,
Louder than the thunder's glee,
That a people ripe for glory
Are determined to be free!
Are determined to be free!
Are determined to be free!


Notes:

1 - See For Democracy, Workers, and God and later in the Journal of United Labor, 8 October 1887.

2 - Tom O'Reilly from New York, was a member of the Knights of Labor of America.

3 - "Mammon" a demon of money and avarice.

4 - Electra, from the Encyclopedia Britannica.