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Swinging On A Scab, song lyrics

Song: Swinging On A Scab
Lyrics: n/a

Music: to the tune of "Swinging On A Star"
Year: 1948(1) Genre: Big Band
Country: USA


(CHORUS:)
This is your fight brother in rhyme
Are you gonna stick on the line
Till we force the bosses to sign
Or would you rather be a scab?

A scab is an animal that walks on his knees
He sniffs every time the bosses sneeze
His back is brawny and his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a yellow streak
But if you don't care whose back it is you stab
Go right ahead and be a scab.

(CHORUS:)
This is your fight brother in rhyme
Are you gonna stick on the line
Till we force the bosses to sign
Or would you rather be a fink?

A fink is an animal that smells like a skunk
He's two brackets lower than a punk
He's makes his living on breaking strikes,
Cause busting unions his job he likes
But it gets over you kinda like a stink
Go right ahead and be a fink
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(CHORUS:)
This is your fight brother in rhyme
Are you gonna stick on the line
Till we force the bosses to sign
Or would you rather be a stool?

A stool is an animal with long hairy ears
He runs back with everything he hears
He ain't no bargain though he can be bought
Though he's slippery he still gets caught
But if you're cut out to be a dirty tool
Go right ahead and be a stool.

(CHORUS:)
This is your fight brother in rhyme
Are you gonna stick on the line
Till we force the bosses to sign
Or would you rather be a goon?

A goon is an animal that's terribly shy
He can't stand to look you in the eye
He rides to work on a cops coattails
And wears brass knuckles to protect his nails
But if your heads like a hole in a bassoon
Go right ahead and be a goon.
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(CHORUS:)
You dont have to lead with your chin
You can pick your side an pitch in
Cause the union's going to win
Until the day the bosses sign
We're gonna stick right on the line.

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(Another variation of the chorus)
Are you gonna stick on the line
Till we force the bosses to sign?
This is your fight, brother, and mine,
Or would you rather be a goon? (fink/stool/goon)


Notes:

1 - Sung by Pete Seeger and The Berries, for the Motion Picture Workers strike of 1948, with information from the University of Pennsylvania Library, list of Motion Picture Industry, strikes and lockouts.