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Don't Forget the Union Label, song lyrics

Song: The Union Label(1)
Lyrics: Thomas West(2)(3)

Music: Thomas H. West(2)(3)

Year: 1901(2)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA

There's a precious little emblem
That's familiar to you all,
It's a tried and true protector, come what may,
And where labor is united
In response to duty's call,
There this brilliant little star lights up the way.
For its mission is to bring about
The brotherhood of man,
There's nothing can your rights so well defend;
So help it on with deed and word
In every way you can.
Don't forget the Union Label, it's your friend.
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It will make improved conditions,
Better homes, a better wage,
And your aid to its advancement you should lend,
It will make your country better,
It will will brighten history's page,
Don't forget the Union Label, it's your friend.

Though apparently so silent
Yet it speaks throughout the land,
For the noble cause it's striving to uphold,
It will educate the people
To the evils that exist,
And success will crown its efforts in the end.
Help it on its noble mission;
It will win if you persist,
Don't forget the Union Label it's your friend.



1 - Although secondary sources list the title as "Don't Forget the Union Label", primary sources such as that listed below, use the title: "The Union Label". Whether the name was changed, or the secondary sources are incorrect, has not been established by us.

2 - Published in a number of labor publications in 1901, including The Carpenter (Philadelphia), Vol. XXI, No. 2, February, 1901, p.3; "The Monthly Journal for Carpenters, Stair Builder, Machine Wood Workers, Planing Mill Men, and Kindred Industries", "Established 1881". See the copy of the song below.

3 - Thomas H. West, 18 East, 6th St., Kansas City, Missouri, USA, was known as a songwriter of labor songs such as "Stick to your Union" (1899) who was the associate editor from 1898 onwward of the Midland Mechanic. He later went on to become the editor in 1904 of the new weekly, (published Friday's) Labor Herald, 410 Admiral Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA.