Monday, May 1, 2017

A Century of May Days

The Internationale
(Billy Bragg's Lyrics)

Stand up all victims of oppression,
For the tyrants fear your might.
Don't cling so hard to your possessions,
For you have nothing if you have no rights!
Let racist ignorance be ended;
For respect makes the empires fall.
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all!

So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on.
The Internationale 
Unites the world in song.
So comrades come rally
For this is the time and place.
The international ideal
Unites the human race.

Let no one build walls to divide us,
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone.
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us;
We'll live together or we'll die alone.
In our world poisoned by exploitation,
Those who have taken now they must give.
And end the vanity of nations
We've but one earth on which to live!

And so begins the final drama
In the streets and in the fields.
We stand unbowed before their armor
We defy their guns and shields.
When we fight provoked by their aggression
Let us be inspired by like and love;
For though they offer us concessions
Change will not come from above!

Songwriters: Stephen William Bragg / Petrus Christianus De Geyter / Eugene Edme Pottier
The Internationale lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

(I find it ironic that The Internationale is protected by intellectual property laws, and that the rights are not owned by Billy Bragg, but by Sony.  It's a brave new world.)

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