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Men of the Soil, song lyrics

Song: Men of the Soil
Lyrics: Harold M. Hildreth, Harold Hatcher and Gerald Patton(2)

Music: to the tune of "Hoesten" a Danish harvest song
Year: 1932
Genre: Danish Folk
Country: USA

Men of the soil!
We have labored unending;
We have fed the world
Upon the grain that we have grown.
Now, with the star
Of the new day ascending,
Giants of the earth,
At last, we rise to claim our own.
Justice throughout the land;
Happiness as God has planned.
Who is there denies our right
To reap where we have sown?

Men of the soil!
Now, the torch we have lighted
Kindles fires in ev’ry land
Where rings the harvest song!
Shoulder to shoulder
In courage united,
From ev’ry race we come
To join the tillers’ mighty throng.
Earth ne’er shall eat again
Bread gained through blood of men.
We have sworn to right
Forever more the ancient wrong.
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Men of the soil!
We are coming in judgment
To tell the world ’til justice rules
There is no liberty.
We, in our strength,
Are a-rising like prophets,
Marching on to show the world
The dawn that is to be.
There’s a lightning in the sky;
There’s a thunder shouting high.
We will never stop until
The sons of men are free.


1 - Rebel Song Book, Eighty-seven Socialist and Labor Songs for Voice and Piano, Rand School Press, New York, NY, 1935, p. 70.

2 - University of Tennessee Song Index.