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Song of the "Lower Classes", song lyrics


Song: Song of the "Lower Classes"
Lyrics: Ernest Jones(2)

Music:
Year: mid-19th century
Genre:
Country: England


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We plow and sow, we're so very, very low,
That we delve in the dirty clay,
Till we bless the plain with the golden grain,
and the vale with the fragrant hay;
Our place we know, we're so very, very low,
'Tis down at the landlord's feet,
We're not too low the grain to grow,
But too low the bread to eat;
we're not to low the grain to grow,
But too low the bread to eat;
we're not to low the grain to grow,
But too low the bread to eat.

Down, down we go, we're so very, very low,
To the hell of the deep-sunk mines;
But we gather the proudest gems that glow
When the brow of a despot shines;
And whene'er he lacks, upon our backs
Fresh loads he deigns to lay;
We're far too low to vote the tax,
But not too low to pay.
We're far too low to vote the tax,
But not too low to pay.
We're far too low to vote the tax,
But not too low to pay.
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We're low, we're low - mere rabble we know;
But at our plastic power
The world at the lordling's feet will glow
Into palace and church and tower;
Then prostrate fall in the rich man's hall
And cringe at the rich man's door;
We're not too low to build the wall,
But too low to tread the floor.
We're not too low to build the wall,
But too low to tread the floor.
We're not too low to build the wall,
But too low to tread the floor.
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We're low, we're low - we're very, very low;
Yet from our fingers glide
The silken flow and robes that glow
Round the limbs of the songs of pride;
And what we get, and what we give,
We know, and we know our share;
We're not too low the cloth to weave,
But too low the cloth to wear.
We're not too low the cloth to weave,
But too low the cloth to wear.
We're not too low the cloth to weave,
But too low the cloth to wear.


Notes:

1 - The Labor Reform Songster, 1892, by Phillips Thompson, published in Philadelphia, Journal of the Knights of Labor, 1892, p.33-34

2 - Ernest Charles Jones (1819 - 1869).