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Which Side Are You On, song lyrics

Song: Which Side Are You On
Lyrics: Florence Patton Reece(1)

Year: 1931
Country: USA

Come all of you good workers
Good news to you I'll tell
Of how that good old union
Has come in here to dwell

Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
And I'm a miner's son
And I'll stick with the union
Till every battle's won


They say in Harlan County(2)
There are no neutrals there
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair(3)
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Oh, workers can you stand it?
Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab(4)
Or will you be a man?


Don't scab for the bosses
Don't listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven't got a chance
Unless we organize



1 - More information on Florence Patton Reece from the Hawaii ebook Library

2 - Harlan County War from Wikipedia

3 - The "Bloody Harlan" Years in Kentucky and J. H. Blair, by Jennifer Peters.

4 - A "scab" is slang for a worker who cross a strikers' picket line, going to work ignoring their union or a replacement worker working in place of the strikers.