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When Labor Has Come To Its Own, song lyrics

Song: When Labor Has Come To Its Own
Lyrics: Phillips Thompson(1)(2)

Music: to the tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
Year: 1892(1)
Genre: March
Country: USA / Canada

When labor has come to its own again,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll live in a real Republic then,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
Then none shall rule by wealth or birth,
And each shall have his share of earth,
    For we'll all be free when labor has come to its own.

The millionaires will hunt their holes,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
And drop their cash to save their souls,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
For we'll clear out Wall Street's robber den,
And burn each bond and mortgage then,
    For we'll all be free when labor has come to its own.
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We'll pile them up so that all may see,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
As high as the Statue of Liberty,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
And we'll make Jay Gould(3) the torch apply,
To flare the light over sea and sky,
    That shall tell the world that labor has come to its own.

Then all must ply some useful trade,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
And none their rights will dare invade,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
And those who honest toil would shirk,
Shall have no bread if they will not work,
    We'll have no more drones when labor has come to its own.

Grim poverty will be unknown,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
And plenty through the land be strown,
    Hurrah! Hurrah!
Then, farmers and laborers all combine
And bring the stragglers into line,
    Let us haste the day when labor shall come to its own.


1 - The Labor Reform Songster, 1892, by Phillips Thompson, published in Philadelphia, Journal of the Knights of Labor, 1892, p.30-31.

2 - Thomas Phillips Thompson (1843 - 1933), born in England, but lived most of his life in Canada and the United States, dying in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1933.

3 - Jay Gould (1836 - 1892), unscrupulous American robber baron, financier and railroad executive. Information from the Encyclopedia Britannica.