Mutual Aid

20 Sep

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2 Responses to “Mutual Aid”

  1. projectsheffield September 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Oh this is an old story that’s rarely ever told
    the raping of the country, of the valley
    the men who came to reap with a musket and a bible
    they wanted to take the valley
    the valley! the valley!
    they wanted to take the valley
    and oh the ironmasters, they always get their way

    and so far a pittance all the people worked the land
    all the men and the women and the children
    and on sundays it was down to the chapel in the town
    the preacher said give generously!
    give generously! give generously!
    the people they gave generously
    and oh the ironmasters, they always get their way

    the union met in secret on the dark side of the hill
    by the light of a thousand candles
    their pay had been cut, all the people come on out
    and by scores they were joining Rebecca
    Rebecca! Rebecca!
    the people were joining Rebecca
    and oh the ironmasters, they always get their way

    riot!

    ironmaster, call the army
    call the hungry from the irish sea
    ironmaster, call the parliament
    it’s no sin to fight to be free!

    from the smokey stacks of merthyr
    to the hills of Ebbw vale
    from Swansea docks to Merseyside and Liverpool
    with the union leaders crushed
    and the union quickly smashed
    they blackend the face of the country
    the country! the country!
    they blackend the face of the country
    and oh the ironmasters, they always get their way

    now on a hill in Brecon is Crawshay’s ruined house
    and it blackens out the green of the valley
    and on the battered grave is the epitaph they gave
    it stands there, god forgive him!
    forgive him! forgive him!
    and all who rot in hell with him
    and oh the ironmasters, they always get their way

    riot!

    ironmaster, call the army
    call the hungry from the irish sea
    ironmaster, call the parliament
    it’s no sin to fight to be free!

    and oh the ironmasters, they always get their way
    and oh the ironmasters, they still get their way!

    THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG IRONMASTERS

  2. Cheese Pasty September 27, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    Slightly off topic, but have you seen the work of the Brazilian artist Gil Vicente? Guaranteed to appeal to every anarchist

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