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Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists
Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Songs of the American labor movement over the 20th century called for just wages, dignity, and a fair shake. They voiced grievances, affirmed the value of the worker to society, and expressed hope for life in a more just world. Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways is a collage of these voices—champions of the movement, singing songs with a passion and love for their fellow workers that rings just as true today as it did then. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joe Glazer, the Almanac Singers, and more chronicle the history of the American labor movement in stirring song.

LYRICS

Lyric transcriptions as permissible by the publisher available here.

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Track Listing

101
Joe Hill Paul Robeson 3:01
102
Bread and Roses Bobbie McGee 2:30
103
Casey Jones (The Union Scab) Pete Seeger and the Almanac Singers 1:55
104
We Shall Not Be Moved / Roll the Union On Joe Glazer 2:23
105
Roll the Union On John Handcox 1:07
106
Cotton Mill Colic Mike Seeger 2:38
107
The Mill Was Made of Marble Joe Glazer 3:59
108
Aragon Mill Peggy Seeger 3:09
109
Talking Union Almanac Singers 3:02
110
1913 Massacre Woody Guthrie 3:36
111
The Preacher and the Slave Utah Phillips 2:19
112
Which Side are You On? Florence Reece / The Almanac Singers 2:35
113
Hold the Fort Joe Uehlein 3:58
114
Union Maid New Harmony Sisterhood Band 3:06
115
Too Old to Work Joe Glazer 2:51
116
Black Lung Hazel Dickens 3:22
117
Been Rolling So Long (Truck Driving Man) Larry Penn 4:00
118
VDT Tom Juravich 1:56
119
Automation Joe Glazer 2:34
120
I’m Union and I’m Proud Eddie Starr 2:57
121
I’m a Union Card Kenny Winfree 2:27
122
Carpal Tunnel John O'Connor 2:37
123
We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die Anne Feeney 2:49
124
One Day More Elaine Purkey 3:38
125
We Do the Work Jon Fromer 2:41
126
De Colores Baldemar Velasquez and Aguila Negra 2:59
127
Solidarity Forever Joe Glazer 2:28

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