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Workers' Appeal, song lyrics

Song: Workers' Appeal
Lyrics: Neville Marcano(1)

Music: Neville Marcano
Year: c. 1936
Genre: Calypso
Country: Trinidad


Anywhere you go you bound to meet people sad
They search for employment, none can be had
Anywhere you go you bound to meet people sad
They search for employment, none can be had
They start to drop down dead in the street
Nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep
Our kindhearted employers, I appeal now to you
Give us some work to do.

We are not asking for equality
To rank with the rich in society
To visit their homes in their motorcars
Or to go to their clubs and smoke their cigars
We are asking for a living wage
To exist now and provide for old age
Our kindhearted employers, I appeal now to you
Give us some work to do.
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Many a day, persons haven't a meal
They were too decent to beg, too honest to steal
They were looking for work mostly everywhere
But saw signboard marked "No hands wanted here"
The government should work the wastelands and hills
Build houses, factories and mills
Reduce taxation and then we would be really
Emancipated from slavery

The legislators only quarrel and fret
About unemployment but haven't relieve us yet
There is no vision that we can see
To take us out from tribulations and misery
We can't fight physically for we wouldn't prevail
On account of ammunition, cruel laws and jail
But every man was born to be free from this oppression
And tyrannic slavery


Notes:

1 - "The Tiger", Neville Marcano (1915 - 1993), was born in Siparia, South Trinidad though later lived and performed in New York.

2 - Recorded in New York City, April 7, 1936, on Decca records 17288.