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The Old Brigade, song lyrics

Song: The Old Brigade
Lyrics: unknown

Music: "adapted to a popular air"
Year: 1902
Country: Australia

"[A Labour Song]"

Where are the boys of the Old Brigade,
Who fought for the rights we ho'd -
Fought hard for Labour all undismayed
With strong, stout hearts and bold?
Surely the men whom we meet; today,
Who dare not with Labour, stand.
Know not the fights that their fathers fought
To leave this a better land
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(1st CHORUS:)
Then steadily shoulder to shoulder;
Be not at all afraid;
Sink all your wars, fight for the Cause
Like the boys of the Old Brigade.

Raise up, ye workers, and show your strength;
Use both your brain and hand
If you persist, you must win at length —
Win, too, a victory grand.
Work for the women and children too,
Who now in the factories slave;
Stand for your rights 'neath the Labour flag,
You'll win if you are but brave.

(2nd CHORUS:)
So organise and fight with all your mind, boys
If you're checked be not at all dismayed.
Steady and strong, push the Cause along
Like the boys of the Old Brigade.


1 - Transcribed from, the Tocsin, Melbourn, Victoria, Australia, Thursday, 14 May 1902, p. 12, first column.

2 - "A member of the Filzroy branch of the P.L.C.3 has written the following Labour song, adapted to a popular air". What that "air" or tune this is sung to, has not been uncovered by us yet.

3 - The Political Labor Council is mentioned in The state Labor parties in Australia, 1880-1920.