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The Old Brigade, song lyrics

Song: The Old Brigade
Lyrics: unknown

Music: "adapted to a popular air"
Year: 1902
Genre:
Country: Australia


"[A Labour Song]"


Where are the boys of the Old Brigade,
Who fought for the rights we ho'd -
Fought hard for Labour all undismayed
With strong, stout hearts and bold?
Surely the men whom we meet; today,
Who dare not with Labour, stand.
Know not the fights that their fathers fought
To leave this a better land
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(1st CHORUS:)
Then steadily shoulder to shoulder;
Be not at all afraid;
Sink all your wars, fight for the Cause
Like the boys of the Old Brigade.

Raise up, ye workers, and show your strength;
Use both your brain and hand
If you persist, you must win at length —
Win, too, a victory grand.
Work for the women and children too,
Who now in the factories slave;
Stand for your rights 'neath the Labour flag,
You'll win if you are but brave.

(2nd CHORUS:)
So organise and fight with all your mind, boys
If you're checked be not at all dismayed.
Steady and strong, push the Cause along
Like the boys of the Old Brigade.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from, the Tocsin, Melbourn, Victoria, Australia, Thursday, 14 May 1902, p. 12, first column.

2 - "A member of the Filzroy branch of the P.L.C.3 has written the following Labour song, adapted to a popular air". What that "air" or tune this is sung to, has not been uncovered by us yet.

3 - The Political Labor Council is mentioned in The state Labor parties in Australia, 1880-1920.