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Which Side Are You On, song lyrics

Song: Which Side Are You On
Lyrics: Florence Patton Reece(1)

Music:
Year: 1931
Genre:
Country: USA


Come all of you good workers
Good news to you I'll tell
Of how that good old union
Has come in here to dwell

CHORUS:
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
And I'm a miner's son
And I'll stick with the union
Till every battle's won

(CHORUS)

They say in Harlan County(2)
There are no neutrals there
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair(3)
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(CHORUS)

Oh, workers can you stand it?
Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab(4)
Or will you be a man?

(CHORUS)

Don't scab for the bosses
Don't listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven't got a chance
Unless we organize

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - More information on Florence Patton Reece from the Hawaii ebook Library

2 - Harlan County War from Wikipedia

3 - The "Bloody Harlan" Years in Kentucky and J. H. Blair, by Jennifer Peters.

4 - A "scab" is slang for a worker who cross a strikers' picket line, going to work ignoring their union or a replacement worker working in place of the strikers.