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Sit Down, song lyrics

Song: Sit Down
Lyrics: Maurice Sugar(1)

Music:
Year: 1937
Genre:
Country: USA


When they tie the can(4) to a union man,
Sit down! Sit down!
When they give him them sack, they'll take him back.
Sit down! Sit down!
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Sit down, just take a seat,
Sit down, and rest your feet,
Sit down, you've got 'em beat.
Sit down! Sit down!

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When they smile and say, "No raise in pay."
Sit down! Sit down!
When you want the boss to come across.
Sit down! Sit down!

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When the speed-up comes, just twiddle your thumbs.
Sit down! Sit down!
When you want them to know they'd better go slow.
Sit down! Sit down!
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When the boss won't talk, don't take a walk.
Sit down! Sit down!
When the boss sees that, he'll want a little chat.
Sit down! Sit down!

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Notes:

1 - Attorney Maurice Sugar (1891-1974) was General Counsel of the United Auto Workers union and an American labor activist.

2 - More on the history of Maurice Sugar, from the book, Maurice Sugar: Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit, 1912-1950, by Christopher H. Johnson, Wayne State University Press, 1988, 334 pp. ISBN: 0814318517, 978-0814318515, 0-8143-1852-5 (pbk).

3 - More on the UAW organized labor strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan. Sit-down: the General Motors Strike of 1936-1937, by Sidney Fin, University of Michigan Press, 1969, ISBN 0472329480, 9780472329489.

4 - "tie the can" is slang for, "to rebuke," "punish" or "to put the blame upon".