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The Redskins - Music for class struggle

by redskin Monday, Mar. 03, 2008 at 6:09 PM

The Redskins was an old band from Britain, that made music for working class, for class struggle

The Redskins were a British band of the 1980s, that made music for class struggle. They had a very original musicality, and combined influences from soul music, rockabilly, pop music and punk rock.

Their lyrics were very good, and talk about working class struggle. The band has supported the UK miners' strike of 1984–1985.

Songs like "Unionize", "Keep On Keeping On", "Go get organized" are working class anthems.

More information at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Redskins

For downloading some of their songs, go to: http://redskins.4shared.com/ (Mp3)

Some lyrics at: http://www.geocities.com/neither_washington_nor_moscow/lyrics.html



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UNIONIZE

The first thing that needs to be said

Is hatred's all very well

But hatred must be organised

If dreams are to be realised

And anger is no substitute

For diciplined rebellion

To unionize is to organise

Unionize!

Fight back!

Unionize!

Stop! Strike!

Unionize!

Well all this talk of fighting back

Is talk to be ignored

If we don't know where our power lies

And utilize the tools we've got

The bosses have the money

And the workers have no rights

But our muscle is our labour

And we flex it when we go on strike

Unionize!

Fight back!

Unionize!

Stop! Strike!

Unionize!

We can talk of riots and petrol bombs

And revolutions all day long

But if we fail to organise

We'll waste our lives on protest songs

A life worth living is waiting to be won, sure

The day the bosses fall

The day the dream has come

But stop romanticising

Hollow talk is just a curse

The revolution won't appear

We all have to build for it first

Unionize!

Fight back!

Unionize!

Stop! Strike!

Unionize!

--------------------------------------------------------

GO GET ORGANIZED!

I got a job just shifting beer

Straight out of school, straight into here

I got a job pays none too well

But every Friday I can tell them go to hell

This place is noisy and full of dust & shit

This jobs dead lousy but I can't get out of it

Come every Friday I see an old man

Sat back from the bar in the smoke room

He's been through battles

He's seen some hard ones

I fought and lost he said

But let me tell you this son

Your only weapon

Is those you work with

Your strength is their strength

Can't beat the rank and file

Go get organized!

I joined the union & started signing up

I found a man ten years a member

And all this time he's been holin' up, hiding quiet

We pressed the govnor for improved conditions

And found ourselves on strike for union recognition

I seen the old man in the smoke room

He's been through battles

He's seen some hard ones

I fought and lost he said

But let me tell you this son

Your only weapon

Is those you work with

Your strength is their strength

Can't beat the rank and file

Go get organized!

Come every Friday I see an old man

Sat back from the bar in the smoke room

He's been through battles

He's seen some hard ones

I fought and lost he said

But let me tell you this son

Your only weapon

Is those you work with

Your strength is their strength

Can't beat the rank and file

Go get organized!

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