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18th Century Song Lyrics

Amazing Grace, by John Newton, 1772
Ballad of the Tea Party, 1774
Rights of Woman, 1795
When the Hollow Drum, , 1797

19th Century Song Lyrics

Fair and Free Elections (The Freedom of Elections), c. 1800
The Landlord's Song, by "W. W.", c. 1800's

1830's songs

All the World Scheming, J. E. Carpenter, 1830's
Woodman Spare That Tree, George Pope Morris, 1830
The Emancipated Negro, Charles Jefferys, 1833

1840's songs

Song of the Shirt, Thomas, 1843
Get Off The Track!, Jesse Hutchinson Jr., 1844
Oh! Why Does the White Man Follow My Path, Eliza Cook, 1846
The Indian's Lament, Hutchinson Family Singers, 1846
The Death of Osceola, S. Steele, 1847
The Chartists Are Coming, 1848
Song of the "Lower Classes", Ernest Jones (England), mid-1800's

1850's songs

The Poor Voter on Election Day, John G. Whittier, 1852
Womans Rights, Kate Horn, 1853 (anti)
Money is a Hard Thing to Borrow, George Morris, 1854
The Underground Railcar, G. N. Allen, 1854
Right Over Wrong, Jesse Hutchinson, 1855
Slavery Is A Hard Foe To Battle, Judson Joseph Hutchinson, 1855
Old King Coal, Charles MacKay, 1859 or earlier

1860's songs

Reading Rail Road and its President, 1860
Glory Hallelujah!, 1861
Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe, 1862
Better Times Are Coming, Stephen Collins Foster, 1862
Emancipation Hymn, by "R.T.L.", 1863
Hymn Of The Freedman, George H. Boker, 1864
The New Emancipation Song, by "R.A.T.", 1864
The Substitute Broker, John Zieber, 1864
Vote for Abraham, by "Union", 1864
Crazy on Oil, C. Archer, 1865
Famous Oil Firms, 1865
Oil On The Brain, Joseph Winner, 1865
Pa Has Struck Ile (Oil), C. Archer, 1865
Petroleum, Petroleum, 1865
Shall We Let Our Soldiers Perish, Thomas MacKellar, 1865
We're Freemen Now, Percy Thacker & charles Sonntag, 1865
I'll Never Be A Slave Again, W. Dexter Smith, 1866
All Rights For All, Elizabeth B Dewing, 1868
Gold is King,Thomas Williams & Gustave A. Scott , 1868
The Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Man, John W. Hutchinson, 1868
A Hundred Years Hence, Fannie Gage, 1869
The Avondale Mine Disaster, 1869 or early 1870's
Vote It Right Along, John W. Hutchinson, 1869

1870's songs

Poverty's Child Charles Van Anden, 1870
Specie Payment, George Cooper & Harry Miller, 1870
The Hard Working Miner, Patrick O'Neill, c. 1870
Human Equality, William Lloyd Garrison, 1871
The Promised Land, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, 1871
Down in a Coal Mine, J. B. Geogheghan, (England) 1872
Eight Hour Strike, Billy Pastor, 1872
Increase of Crime, by "J. C. J.", 1872
You Never Miss the Water Till the Well Runs Dry, 1872
Railroad Monopoly, Reverend J. W. Carhart, 1873
The Farmer Feeds us All, Knowles Shaw, 1874
Coming By and By, between 1875 and 1892
Brooklyn Fire, Jim Campbell, 1876
In the Presence of the Passenjare, by Mark Twain, 1876
The Boys In Blue Will See It Through, S. N. Mitchell, 1876
The Song of the Proletaire, Tom O'Reilly, 1876
The Yellow Ribbon, Marie Le Baron, 1876
Tilden and Reform, William H. Long, 1876
Two Cent Coal, c. 1876
Billow of Fire, Philip Bliss, 1877
Don't Put the Workingman Down, Bobby Newcomb, 1877
All Are After Money So 'Tis Money After All, J. L. Orr & J. Calvin Bushey, 1878
Because We Were Poor, C. R. Dockstader, 1878
Give Bread to the Poor, James Dillon & A. W. Young, 1878

1880's songs

Keep Woman In Her Sphere, D. Estabrook, c. 1880's
Coercion - Hold the Rent, Fanny Parnell, 1881
Shall Women Vote?, Joseph D. Payne, 1881
Anti-Monopoly War Song, 1882
Pocket's Empty, Friends are Gone, John T. Rutledge, 1882
A New Suffrage Song, William Hussy Macy, 1884
Going To The Polls, Julia B. Nelson, 1884
Oh, Dear, What can the Matter Be?, L. May Wheeler, 1884
The Suffrage Flag, William P. Adkinson, 1884
Uncle Sam's Wedding, L. May Wheeler, 1884
Despised for Being Poor, C. H. Austin, 1885
The Colliers' Strike Song, Melinda Kendall, 1885 (Australia)
It's Cheaper To Move Than Pay Rent, George A. Swain, 1886
The Railway Strike, Ella Lodge, 1886
Columbia's Daughters, Harriet H. Robinson, 1888
Put It In Ink, George M. Vickers, 1888

1890's songs

All On Account Of the Tariff, Ike Brown, 1890
My Government Claim, (The Lane County Bachelor), c. 1890
Song of Wyoming, Julia Mills Dunn, c. 1890's
The Children of Toil, Ned Straight, 1890
There are Ninety and Nine, circa 1890
Workers of England, James Connell, c. 1890(England)
A Would-be Politician, Warner Crosby, 1891
Labour Is King, Cyril Haviland, 1891(Australia)
The Daydawn of Labor, John Plumper Hoolan, 1891(Australia)
The New America, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, 1891
Labor's Harvest Home, Phillips Thompson, 1892
The Men of Auld Lang Syne, Phillips Thompson, 1892
When Labor Has Come To Its Own, Phillips Thompson, 1892
All Sing Cuckoo, 1894
Stop that Noise Dave Marlon, 1895
The Company Store, Isaac Hanna, 1895
Dad's Old Silver Dollar Is Good Enough For Me, Volney Jameson, 1896
Democracy's Lament, Charles Evarts William, 1896
Gold is the Standard to Win, Republican Party, Presidential campaign song, 1896
Sixteen to One, C. M. Copp, 1896 (election song)
Stricken City, William. Fisher, 1896 (about the St. Louis cyclone 1896)
Free Silver & Bryan in 1900, Democratic Party campaign song, 1897
The Taxation Tyranny, General E. Estabrook, 1897
Awake! Be Free!, H. W. Fuison, 1800's
Hallelujah Song, L. May Wheeler, c. late 1800's
Raise A Ruckus Tonight, 19th century
The Factory Slave, Phillips Thompson, late 1800's
The Pennsylvania Miner, Patrick O'Neill, late 1800's
Union All Along the Line, Phillips Thompson, 1800's

20th Century Song Lyrics

1900's songs

Denied a Home by Harry S. Miller, early 1900's
Hold The Fort, unknown
On To Victory, Helen Chamberlin, 1900
State Of Arkansaw, c. 1900's
We Shall Overcome, c. 1900
Don't Forget the Union Label, Thomas West, 1901
In The Coal Mines Far Away, Otto P. Ikeler, 1901
The Brotherhood of Man, Raymond A. Brown, 1901
Me Johnny Mitchell Man, Con Carbon, 1902
On Johnny Mitchell's Train, unknown, 1902
The Old Brigade, 1902 (Australia)
Stick to the Union, Jack, James Feeney, 1904
The Man With The Dough, Andrew B. Sterling & Harry Von Tilzer, 1904
Graft, Graft, Graft, Collin Davis, 1905
If Mister Boston Lawson has his way, by George Cohan, 1905
College Life, Porter Emerson Browne, 1906
Farewell Prosperity, John Kembel & Lester Keith, 1906
Mary's Little Lot, Mary C. Hudson, 1906
Somebody Lied, Jeff T. Branen, 1907
Standard Oil, F. L. Hill, 1907
Our Boarding House, Nat M. Wills, 1908
Stand By Your Unions, by "Hush", 1908
We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years, unknown rewriting, c. 1908
Dare You Do It?, Henry W. Roby, 1909
Freedom's Anthem, Henry W. Roby, 1909
Madmen Or Fools, Henry W. Roby, 1909
Tariff "Bill", George de Romberg, 1909

1910's songs

Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves, J. J. Lynch, 1910
Land Reform Song, , 1890-1910?
Votes for Women, Mary Louise Carleton, c. 1910's

Another Star, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1911
Ballad of the Triangle Fire, Ruth Rubin, 1911
Bread and Roses, James Oppenheim, 1911
Ev'ry One in Favor Say "Aye", Jack Norworth, 1911
Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky), Joe Hill, 1911
Songs of Equal Suffrage, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1911
Woman This and Woman That, Lawrence Housman, 1911

Bust the Trusts, F. J. Miller, 1912
Casey Jones, Joe Hill, 1912
Count Your Workers, Count Them!, Joe Hill, 1912
Everybody's Joining It, Joe Hill, 1912
I'm a Suffragette, M. Olive Drennen, 1912
John Golden and the Lawrence Strike, Joe Hill, 1912
Just As Well as He, Adella Hunt Logan, 1912
Where the Fraser River Flows, Joe Hill, 1912
The White Slave Joe Hill, 1912
Winning the Vote, Mrs. A.B. Smith, 1912

Down In the Old Dark Mills, Joe Hill, 1913
Farewell Song (Man of Constant Sorrow), Richard Burnett, 1913
Give The Ballot To The Mothers, Rebecca N. Hazard, 1913
Let Us Go Free, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1913
Marching on to Victory, Schuyler Greene, 1913
Mr. Block, Joe Hill, 1913
Nearer My Job To Thee, Joe Hill, 1913
Paint 'er Red, by unknown, 1913
Peace to the World, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1913
Scissor Bill, Joe Hill, 1913
Should I Ever Be a Soldier, Joe Hill, 1913
Stung Right, Joe Hill, 1913
That Sufragette, Pauline R. Browne, 1913
The Girl Question, Joe Hill, 1913
The Old Toiler's Message, Joe Hill, 1913
The Tramp, Joe Hill, 1913
The Women are Coming, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1913
There is Power in a Union, Joe Hill, 1913
We Will Sing One Song, Joe Hill, 1913
What We Want, Joe Hill, 1913

Suffrage March, Lucenia Richards, 1914
Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay, Joe Hill, 1914
The Child Crusaders' Hymn, Sarah Cleghorn, c. 1914
The March of the Women, Ethel Smyth, 1914
Workers of the World, Awaken, Joe Hill, 1914

Don't Take My Darling Boy Away, Will Dillon & Albert Von Tilzer, 1915
Don't Take My Papa Away From Me, Joe Hill, 1915
Flander's Fields, by John McCrae, 1915
It's a Long Way Down to the Soupline, Joe Hill, 1915
Solidarity Forever, by Ralph Chaplin, 1915
Suffrage Song (Let Us Sing As We Go), James Weber Linn, 1915
The Anti-Suffrage Rose, Phil Hanna, 1915
The Dying Mine Brakeman, Orville J. Jenks, 1915
The Rebel Girl, Joe Hill, 1915
Votes for Women, Suffrage Rallying Song, Edward M. Zimmerman, 1915

Down, Down, Down, William Keating, 1916
I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier, Alfred Bryan, 1916
November 19, 1915 (about Joe Hill's execution), John E. Nordquist, 1916
She's Good Enough To Be Your Baby's Mother, Alfred Bryan, 1916

Prohibition Blues, Al Sweet, 1917
We're Camping Tonight, 1917

A New Prison Song, 1918
The Devil Has Brought Up All The Coal, by Irving Berlin, 1918

You'd Better Be Nice To Them Now, William Tracy & Jack Stern, 1918

Oh Those Landlords, by Mohr, 1919
Revolutionary Rag, Irving Berlin, 1919
The Landlord Blues, Edward Laska, 1919

1920's songs

Banker and Boss, unknown, 1920's or early 1930's
DAR Song, Harry Mayer, 1920's
Hunger Blues Song, unknown, 1920s OR 1930s
I'm Labor, Samuel H. Friedman, 1920s or 1930s
I've Got the Profiteering Blues, Al. Wilson & Irving Bibo, 1920
March Song of the Workers, Douglas Robson, 1920s OR 1930s
National Labor Party, Arch McDowell, 1920

Capital and Labor, Cary Madison Dickinson, 1921
The Dream of the Miner's Child, Andrew Jenkins, 1922
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Jimmy Cox, 1923
That's A Lot of Bunk, Al Wilson, James Brennan & Mack Henshaw, 1923
The Farmer is the Man, John Carson, 1924

Furniture Man, 1925
Masculine Women! Feminine Men!, Edgar Leslie, 1925
Santa Barbara Earthquake, 1925
The Old Miner's Refrain, before 1925

Cotton Mill Colic, Dave McCarn, 1926
We're Up Against It Now, Uncle Dave Macon, 1926

Ballad of the Landlord, by Langston Hughes, 1927
Homeless Blues (sung by Bessie Smith), Porter Grainger, 1927
Little Marion Parker, Carson Robison, 1927
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues, L. Wood, 1927

Eleven Cent Cotton Fourty Cent Meat, Bob Miller, 1928
No Dough Blues, (Arthur) Blind Blake, 1928
Prove It On Me Blues, Ma Rainey, 1928

Down on Penny's Farm, 1929
Happy Days Are Here Again, by Jack Yellen, 1929
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live, Blind Alfred Reed, 1929
IIn Those Cruel Slavery Days, Fields Ward, 1929
Keno the Rent Man, c. 1929
Mill Mothers Lament, Ella May Wiggins, 1929
Money Cravin' Folk, Blind Alfred Reed, 1929
There'll Be No Distinction There, Blind Alfred Reed, 1929
Union Boys, Kermit Harden, 1929
Wall Street Blues, W. C. Handy, 1929
We Need You Most of All, Russell Knight, 1929

1930's songs

Babe O' Mine, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1930's
1919 Influenza Blues, 1930's
Babies in the Mill, Dorsey Dixon, 1930's
Crossbones Skully, Aunt Molly Jackson, c.1930's
Dressmakers' Victory Song, Emily B. Fine, 1930s
Fare Thee Well, Old Ely Branch, Aunt Molly Jackson, c.1920's or 1930's
On the Picket Line, by unknown, 1930's
The Ballad of Bloody Thursday, c.1930's
Twenty-One Years, Bob Miller, 1930

Hungry Ragged Blues, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1930
I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night, Alfred Hayes, 1930
I'm In The Market For You, Joseph McCarthy, 1930
I Got the Jake Leg Too, Willie E. Ray, 1930
Jake Leg Blues, Bo Carter, 1930
Jake Walk Blues, Austin Allen, 1930
Jakewalk Blues, Woody Guthrie, 1930
March of the Hungry Men, Reginald Wright Kaufman, 1930
Meningitis Blues, Memphis Minnie, 1930
No Depression in Heaven, Alvin Pleasant Carter, c. 1930s
Page Mr. Volstead, Bob Miller, 1930
Poor Man, Rich Man (Cotton Mill Colic No. 2), Dave McCarn, 1930
Price of Cotton Blues, Allen Brothers, 1930
Prohibition is a Failure Lowe Stokes, 1930
Ten Cents A Dance, Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers, 1930
The (Prohibition) Enforcement Blues, Allen Brothers, 1930
When a Worker is out of a Job, circa 1930
Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train, Uncle Dave Macon, 1930

Breadline Blues, Bernard Slim Smith, 1931
Brother Can You Spare A Dime, E. Yip Harburg, 1931
I am a Union Woman, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1931
Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson, 1931
Lonesome Jailhouse Blues, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1931
Serves 'em Fine, Dave McCarn, 1931
The Panic Is On, Hezekiah Jenkins, 1931
Which Side Are You On, Florence Patton Reece, 1931

All I Want, Jim Garland, 1932
Down on the Picket Line, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1932
I'd Rather Be Spanish, (Gene) Jean Malin, 1932
I'd Rather Not Be On Relief, Lester Hunter, 1932
If I Ever Get A Job Again, Samuel Lewis, 1932
Love For Sale, Cole Porter, 1932
Men of the Soil, Harold M. Hildreth, Harold Hatcher & Gerald Patton, 1932
Poor Miner's Farewell, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1932
Prosperity Is Just Around Which Corner, Carson Robison, 1932
Rich Man and the Poor Man, Bob Miller, 1932
That's What's the Matter with Me, (Gene) Jean Malin, 1932
The Death of Harry Simms, Aunt Molly Jackson & Jim Garland, 1932
The Poor Forgotten Man, Bob Miller, 1932
Weave Room Blues, Dorsey Dixon, 1932

Buy American, Al Lewis, 1933
Debts, Irving Berlin, 1933
I'm Free, Jimmie Rodgers, 1933
In the Fall of 29, W. Lee O'Daniel, 1933
My Children are Seven in Number, Eleanor Kellogg, 1933
NRA Blues, Bill Cox, 1933
Raisin' The Rent, Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen, 1933
The Laws of My Administration, Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby, 1933
We're In The Money (The "Gold Diggers Song"), Al Dubin, 1933
White House Blues, Charlie Poole, 1933

All I Got's Gone, by Ernest V. Stoneman, 1934
Collector Man Blues, 1934
The Forgotten Soldier Boy, Bert Layne, 1934

B.D. Woman's Blues, Lucille Bogan, 1935
The Death of Huey Long, Hank Warner, 1935
Dusty Old Dust, Woody Guthrie, 1935
The Great Dust Storm, Woody Guthrie, 1935
When Hollywood Goes Black And Tan, Leon Rene & Otis Rene, 1935

Christmas Eve on the East Side, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1936
Cool Water, Bob Nolan, 1936
Doing the Reactionary, Harold Rome, 1936
Franklin Roosevelt Is Back Again, Bill Cox, 1936
Silicosis, Josh White, 1936
Workers’ Appeal, The Tiger, 1936

All In and Down and Out Blues, Uncle Dave Macon, 1937
Anthem: International Ladies Garment Workers' Union, Emily Brown Fine, before 1937
Coal Creek Troubles, James William Day, 1937
Come All You Coal Miners, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1937
Do Re Mi, Woody Guthrie, 1937
Dust Bowl Blues, Woody Guthrie, 1937
I'm Going to Organize, Baby Mine, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1937
Old Southern Town, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1937
Sing Me a Song of Social Significance, Harold Rome, 1937
Sit Down, Maurice Sugar, 1937
Song of the Evicted Tenant Icie Jewell Lawrence, 1937
Strange Fruit, Abel Meeropol, 1937

(Civilian Conservation Corps.) CCC Blues, Washboard Sam, 1938
Dreadful Memories, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1938
Dust Bowl Refugee, Woody Guthrie, 1938
Dust Can't Kill Me, Woody Guthrie, 1938
Dust Pneumonia Blues, Woody Guthrie, 1938
I Ain't Got No Home, Woody Guthrie, 1938
I Hate The Company Bosses, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1938
Insurance Man Blues, Sonny Boy Williamson, 1938
Prisoners' Call, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1938
The Bourgeois Blues, Leadbelly, 1938
Unemployment Stomp, Big Bill Broonzy, 1938

Hard Times in Coleman's Mines, Aunt Molly Jackson, 1939
Roll Out The Pickets, Jack Latham, 1939
Song of the Domestic League, Virginia Brodine, 1939
The Five Year Plan, Cyril Montrose, 1939
The Old Age Pension Check, Roy Acuff, 1939

1940's songs

Arizona, Jack Bryant, 1940
Bad Housing Blues, Waring Cuny & Josh White, c.1940
Blowing Down This Road, Woody Guthrie, 1940
Disgustingly Rich, Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers, 1940
I'm a Jolly Banker, Woody Guthrie, 1940
In Old Moscow, Walter Gourlay, 1940
Talking Dust Bowl Blues, Woody Guthrie, 1940 or before
That Crazy War, Scotty Wiseman, 1940
Tom Joad, Woody Guthrie, 1940
Union Maid, Woody Guthrie & Millard Lampell, 1940
Vigilante Man, Woody Guthrie, 1940

Billy Boy, Pete Seeger & Lee Hays, 1941
Plow Under, Lee Hays & Pete Seeger, 1941
Reuben James, Almanac Singers, 1941
Song for Bridges, The Almanac Singers, 1941
Talking Union, Lee Hays, Millard Lampell, Pete Seeger, 1941
Union Train a' Comin', Lee Hays, 1941

All You Fascists, Woody Guthrie, 1942
Boomtown Bill, Woody Guthrie, 1942
Der Fuehrer's Face, Oliver George Wallace, 1942
Rosie the Riveter, Redd Evans & John Loeb, 1942
So Long It's Been Good to Know You, Woody Guthrie, 1942
The House I Live In, Abel Meeropol, 1942
There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere, Bob Miller, 1942

I'm Looking for a Home (Housing Song), Priority Ramblers, 1943

A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore, Tom Glazer, 1944
Citizen C.I.0., , Tom Glazer, 1944
Farmer Labor Train, Woody Guthrie, 1944
Hangknot, Slipknot, Woody Guthrie, 1944
Reckless Talk, Woody Guthrie, 1944
Sally Don't You Grieve, Woody Guthrie, 1944
Worried Man Blues, Woody Guthrie, 1944

Black, Brown and White, Big Bill Broonzy, 1945
Company Town Doctor, Woody Guthrie, 1945
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, Woody Guthrie, 1945
Mean Talking Blues, Woody Guthrie, 1945
Old Man Atom (Atomic Talking Blues), Vern Partlow, 1945

Atomic Energy, Sir Lancelot, 1946
Dark As A Dungeon, Merle Travis, 1946
Inflation, Zeke Manner, 1946
Money in the Pocket, Bob Russell & Carl Sigman, 1946
No Vacancy, Merle Travis, 1946
Our Fight Is Yours, Tom Glazer, 1946
Pity the Downtrodden Landlord, Barnet Woolf & Arnold Clayton, 1946
Sixteen Tons, by Merle Travis or George Davis, 1946 or c.1930's
Talking Inflation Blues, Tom Glazer, 1946
The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Woody Guthrie, 1946
Walk In Peace, Sir Lancelot, 1946
When the Country Is Broke, Tom Glazer, 1946

Because All Men Are Brothers, Tom Glazer, 1947
Homeless Blues, Willie Smith, 1947
Inflation Blues (song 1), ?. Robinson, 1947
Inflation Blues (song 2), Louis Jordan, 1947
Inflation Blues (song 3), Allegretto Alexander & Louis Jordan, 1947
It Could be a Wonderful World, Hy Zaret & Lou Singer, 1947
Joe Hillstrom, Woody Guthrie, 1947
Newspapermen, Vern Partlow, 1947
On To Sacramento, Mario Casetta, 1947

Swinging on a Scab, unknown, 1948
The Banks are Made of Marble, Les Rice, 1948

1950's songs

In Contempt, Aaron Kramer & Betty Sanders, 1950

Bill Bailey, Joe Glazer & Bill Friedman, 1951
Doctor Freud, David Lazar, 1951
From Forty to Sixty-Five, Johnny Masters, 1951

The Big Print Giveth, Tex Williams, 1952

Boom Went the Boom, 1954
Working Man's Blues, Al Rogers, 1954

The Country’s In the Very Best of Hands, Johnny Mercer, 1956

Brother, Won't You Join In the Line, Ewan MacColl, 1958
Free Enterprise, Malvina Reynolds, 1958
No House, Malvina Reynolds, 1958

A Christmas Carol, Tom Lehrer, 1959
The Faucets Are Dripping, Malvina Reynolds, 1959

1960's songs

You Ain't Done Nothing If You Ain't Been Called A Red, Elliot Keenan, unknown year

Dialectic, by Malvian Reynolds, 1960
Pollution, by Tom Lehrer, 1960
That Greedy Landlord Karl Fred Dallas, 1960
There's A Meeting Here Tonight, The LimeLiters, 1960

Ballad of Ira Hayes, Peter La Farge, 1962
Little Boxes, Malvina Reynolds, 1962

Any Other Way, Jackie Shane, 1963
The A.M.A. Song, Phil Ochs, 1963
The Senecas (As Long as the Grass Shall Grow), Peter La Farge, 1963
The Sun is Burning, Ian Campbell, 1963
You Went the Wrong Way, Old King Louie, Allan Sherman, 1963

A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke, 1964
Automation Song, Phil Ochs, 1964
Colored Town, Phil Ochs, c. 1964 to 1967
Genteel Poverty, John David Lamb, 1964
It Isn't Nice, Mavina Reynolds, 1964
Mississippi Goddamn, Nina Simone, 1964
Osceola's Last Words, Will McLean, 1964
To Hell With Academic Freedom, circa 1964
When This Strike is Over, 1964 or before

Burn Baby Burn, Jimmy Collier, 1965 (about the Los Angeles Watts Riots)
Chim Chim Cheree, Allan Sherman, 1965
Cockroach Blues, Julius Lester, 1965
Draft Dodger Rag, Phil Ochs, 1965
Here's to the state of Mississippi, Phil Ochs, 1965
I Don't Want to be Lost In the Slums, unknown, 1965
In the Heat of the Summer, Phil Ochs, 1965, about the Summer 1964 Harlem riots
Seventy Miles, Malvina Reynolds, 1965
Slum Landlords of the Lower East Side by Tuli Kupferberg (The Fugs), 1965
That's What I Want To Hear, Phil Ochs, 1965
The Little Red Hen, Malvina Reynolds, 1965
Wernher Von Braun, Tom Lehrer, 1965

I'm Going To Say It Now, Phil Ochs, 1966
Lead Poison On The Wall, Jimmy Collier, 1966
Love Me, I'm a Liberal, Phil Ochs, 1966
Rent Strike Blues James Collier, 1966
Smog Gets in your Eyes, Allan Sherman, 1966

Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends, Phil Ochs, 1967

Black Day In July, Gordon Lightfoot, 1968
Joe Hill, Phil Ochs, 1968
We Need Housing, Frances Goldin, 1968

DDT, Malvina Reynolds, 1969
Simple Song of Freedom, Bobby Darin, 1969

1970's songs

Ballad of a Working Mother, Marilyn Major
I Don't East Animals, Melanie (Safka), 1970
I'm Gonna Be An Engineer, Peggy Seeger, 1970
The Auchengeich Disaster, Norman Buchan, c. 1970's
Don't Go Near The Water, Beach Boys, 1971
Down On The Base, Leon Russell & Marc Benno, 1971
Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology), , Marvin Gaye, 1971
The Ann Arbor Tenant Song Kathy Taylor, 1971
The Work of the Landlord, Steve Suffet, 1971
Landlord's Lullaby,Maxine Parshall & Charlie Ipcar, 1972
Poor Wee Billy McMahon, Eric Bogle, 1972
Fragile Sea, Malvina Reynolds, 1973
One Man's Ceiling, Paul Simon, 1973
Burn, Bruce Cockburn, 1974
I Ripped Off What I Could, Charles Ipcar & Maxine Parshall, 1974
Plutonium, Malvina Reynolds, 1975
Together We Can Move Mountains, Beverly Grant, 1975
Song for the Trico Women Workers, 1976
Talking Rent Blues, Anonymous, c. 1976
The Last Apache, Bolland & Bolland, 1976
Talking Tenant Blues Mike Rawson, 1977
Glad To Be Gay, Tom Robinson, 1978
Please Tip Your Waitress, Willie Sordill, 1978
You Can't Just Take Our Homes Away, Tony Heriza, 1979

1980's songs

Landlady, Peter Berryman, 1980
Public Workers Stand Together, Paul McKenna, c. 1980
Were Gonna Stay, Mike Rawson, 1980
Fifty-Nine Cents, Fred Small, 1981
Love Me I'm Your Landlord, Dale Cohen & Hugh McGuinness, 1981
The Old Landlord's Dump, Mark Charles & Sheila Ritter, 1981
Arson's Just Business, Paul Emery, 1982
Gentrification Blues, Laura Liben & Judith Levine, 1982
High Rise Tenements, Jaribu & Ngoma Hill, 1982
Native American, Jon Stein, 1982
Sadie, Sandee Swantek, 1982
The Jolly Tenants Union, Martha Koester, 1982
What Happened to the Red Man, Jaribu & Ngoma Hill, 1982
Taxi Song, Peter Jones, 1983
Breaking Up Is Hard On You (about AT&T), American Comedy Network, 1984
Cherry Beach Express, the Pukka Orchestra, 1984
If You Love That Politician Pull the Chain, Tom Paxton, 1985
Tenants All Over The City, Elyse Crystall, 1986

1990's songs

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1990
I Lie (The Ross Perot Guide to Answering Embarrassing Questions), Calvin Trillin, 1992

21st Century Song Lyrics

2000's songs

Homelessness, Peter Berryman, 2005
Three Chords and the Truth, Ry Cooder, 2007