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Union All Along the Line, song lyrics

Song: Union All Along the Line
Lyrics: Phillips Thompson(1)(2)

Music: to the tune of "Just Before the Battle, Mother"
Year: 19th century
Country: USA

The crisis darkly looms before us,
Our chains are being tighter drawn,
The dollar rules the great Republic
And rights of men are laughed to scorn.

If our right we would recover
We must at the polls combine,
Our only prospect for the future
Is union all along the line.

For long we've put our trust in parties
Whose promises are subtle snares,
They buy and sell the poor like cattle
To pander to the millionaires.
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Make a stand against oppression,
Nor at the feet of Mammon(3) cower,
And let the ballot be our weapon
To make the tyrant feel our power.
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Do not heed the party shouters,
Striving ever to mislead;
Think rather of your wives and children,
The victims of the usurer's greed.




1 - The Labor Reform Songster, 1892, by Phillips Thompson, published in Philadelphia, Journal of the Knights of Labor, 1892, p.32-33.

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 - "Mammon" the demon of avarice and money.