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Awake! Be Free! song lyrics

Song: Awake Be Free
Lyrics: H. W. Fuison(1)

Music: to the tune of "America"
Year: 19th century
Country: USA

Our country, great and grand,
Is known in every land
As freedom's home.
Yet through man's greed and lust,
Through laws the most unjust,
And from the giant trust,
Great evils come.

Our liberties are gone,
Justice no more is done
To faithful toil
But want and woeful need
From Mammon's(2) reign proceed,
Which hurtful tulmults breed
And freedom spoil.
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How long shall we be slaves,
And bow to sordid knaves
Who rob the poor?
Let every man awake
And freedom's weapon take,
The yoke of bondage break,
And serve on more.

Great God of Liberty!
Through truth that maketh free,
Make free the land.
Give us to see the light,
Lead us to follow right,
And show that right is might,
By thine own hand.
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Our country then shall be
A home for brave and free
And noble men.
No landlord then shall reign
To clutch the toiler's gain,
Our flag without a stain
Shall wave again.


1 - The Labor Reform Songster, 1892, by Phillips Thompson, published in Philadelphia, Journal of the Knights of Labor, 1892, p.22-23

2 - Mammon information from Wikipedia.