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There Is Power in a Union is a folk song originally written by labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill in 1913. John Darnielle uploaded a video of him performing the Billy Bragg version of the song on Vimeo in 2011 in support of labor unions in conflict with the Wisconsin government.

LyricsEdit

There is a power in a factory, there is power in the land
There is power in the hand of the worker
But it all amounts to nothing if together we don't stand
Oh, there is power in a union

Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers' blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities and the farmlands, to the factories full of mud
War has always been the bosses' way, sir

The union forever, defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters from many far-off lands
Oh, there is power in a union

Now I long for the morning when they realize
Brutality and unjust laws cannot defeat us
But who'll defend the worker who cannot organize
When the bosses send their lackeys, sir, to cheat us

Money speaks for money, the devil for his own
Who'll come to speak for the skin and the bone
What a comfort to the widow, and a light to the child
Oh, there is power in a union

The union forever, defending our rights
Down with the blackleg, all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters, together we all stand
Oh, there is power in a union

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