Wage Workers, Come Join the Union

Melody - "Battle Hymn of the Republic", William Steffe?, 1862

We have seen the reaper toiling
In the heat of summer sun,
We have seen his children needy
When the harvesting was done,
We have seen a mighty armor
Dying, helpless, one by one,
While their flag went marching on.
|: Wage workers, come join the union! :|
Wage workers, come join the union!
Industrial Workers of the World.

2. O, the army of the wretched,
How they swarm the city street
We have seen them in the midnight,
Where the Goths and Vandals meet;
We have shuddered in the darkness
At the noises of their feet,
But their cause went marching on.

3. Our slavers' marts are empty,
Human flesh no more is sold,
Where the dealer's fatal hammer
Wakes the clink of leaping gold,
But the slavers of the present
More relentless powers hold,
Though the world goes marching on.

4. But no longer shall the children
Bend above the whizzing wheel,
We will free the weary women
From their bondage under steel;
In the mines and in the forest
Worn and helpless man shall feel
That his cause is marching on.

5. Then lift your eyes, ye toilers,
In the desert hot and drear,
Catch the cool winds from the mountains.
Hark! the river's voice is near;
Soon we'll rest beside the fountain
And the dreamland will be here
As we go marching on.


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