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Land Reform Song, song lyrics

Song: Land Reform Song
Lyrics:

Music: to the tune of "Marching Through Georgia" a US Civil War song
Year: c. 1890-1910
Genre: March
Country: England


"God gave the land to the people."


Sound a blast for freedom, boys, and send it far and wide!
March along to victory, "for God is on our side!
While the voice of Nature thunders o'er the rising tide -
"God made the land for the people!"

(CHORUS:)
The land! The land! 'Twas God who gave the land!
The land! The land! The ground on which we stand!
Why should we be beggars, with the ballot in our hand?
"God gave the land to the people!"
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Hark! The shout is welling from the east and from the west;
Why should we beg work and let the landlords take the best?
Make them pay their taxes for the land - we'll risk the rest;
The land was meant for the people.

(CHORUS)

The banner has been raised on high, to face the battle din!
The army now is marching on the struggle to begin,
We'll never cease our efforts till the victory we win,
And the land is free for the people!
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(CHORUS)

Clear the war for liberty! The land must all be free;
Britons will not falter in the fight, though stern it be,
Till the flag we love so well shall wave from sea to sea,
O'er land that's free for the people.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - From the Daily Standard, Brisbane, Queensland, Saturday, February 21, 1914, p. 15, 5th column with the following postscript: "The above song of the British land reformers was forwarded by "H.M." Kalkillebun, who remarks: 'It has an inspiring ring about it, and might well be sung in Queensland, whose land monopoly, if not quite so entrenched as in Britain, has still a terrible grip of the people's domain.'"

2 - Though this song was popular with Lloyd George's Land Reform movement, there are indications that this song may be as much as 20 years older by the time they started using it as an anthem in England in 1910.