This is a Union Town

by  Tom Morello

And singing to rouse the demonstrators in Wisconsin, here’s Tom Morello with one of the best labor songs of the modern era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ZT71DxLuM

Good memories are forever
Said the dog on the tombstone
If you’re livin’ underneath a bridge, man
All roads lead to home
I gotta hidden flask and I’m paid in cash
Gotta cross above my bed
I hitchhiked from Chicago
And a man walked up and said

[Chorus]
This is a union town, a union town
All down the line
This is a union town, a union town
All down the line
And if you come to strip our rights away
We’ll give you hell every time
This is a union town, a union town
All down the line.

Today the policeman’s a union man
Brother firefighter’s my friend
And the kids locked in the Capitol
Are fighting ‘til the end
And we’re not gonna break tonight
And we’re not gonna bend
Some say the union’s down
But I asked around.

[Chorus]

For every action, a reaction
Equal and opposite
That’s why, my friend, the blood tastes good
Every time I’m hit
I gotta will to win and a Cheshire grin
The Nightwatchman is near
And you can’t get it where you’re at
But you can sure get it here

So, come rain or sleet or dark of night
Come wind or frigid snow
There’s 100,000 in the street
And that number’s gonna grow
And when we put the governor on trial
I’ll be in the front row
Just take a look around
We’re a union town
One, two, three, four – let’s go!

[Chorus]

from Tom Morello, Nightwatchman

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