Wednesday, 6 February 2008
General Strike Verse
(From the St Pancras Bulletin, May 5-10 1926)
A is for ALL, ALL OUT and ALL WIN,
And down with the blacklegs and scabs who stay in.
B is for Baldwin, the Bosses’ Strong Man,
But he’s welcome to dig all the coal that he can
C is for Courage the workers have shown,
Class Conscious and Confident that they’ll hold their own.
D is for DOPE that the Government spread—
Dishwash for Duncos and Dubbs—“nuff sed”.
E is for Energy that will carry us through,
Everyone class-conscious, steadfast and true.
F is for Fight, our fight to the end,
For we’re solid together, not an inch will we bend.
G is for Grab-all, the bosses, you know,
Greedy and grasping, one day they must go.
H is for Hardship, we all must endure;
However, keep smiling, for Victory is sure.
I is for Interest, Profits and Rend
Into the pockets of the Indolent.
J is for Jix*, the stirrer of strife,
Just waiting the chance to have your life.
K is for knife that is wielded by Jix,
Keep yourself orderly and frustrate his tricks.
L is for London, where the TUC meet,
Leading the workers the bosses to beat.
M is for miners, for whose rights we must fight,
Maintaining the cause which we know to be right.
N is for Natsopa, who stopped dope from the Boss,
Narking Churchill and Jix, so Baldwin was cross.
O is for OMS, the scabbing patrol;
Oh! How they are working, digging the coal!!
P is for pickets on guard at the gates,
Pulling up blacklegs who scab on their mates.
Q is for Quandary the Government’s in,
Quite certain now the workers will win.
R is for Railways that won’t run alone,
Ready for workers to run as their own.
S is for Solidarity that is winning our fight;
Stick well together, for Victory’s in sight.
T is for Taximen joined in the fray,
Troubling the blacklegs to walk all the way.
U is for Unity, each one for all,
United we stand till the Government fall.
V is for Victory, of which we are sure,
Vanquishing the bosses for evermore.
W is for Workers’ Wages and hours,
We are nearing the day when control is ours.
X is for exit the whole boss class—
Xtra enjoyment for me and my lass.
Y is for Young Workers to whom fighting is new;
Yes, Young, but determined to fight with you.
Z is for Zeal shown by the Vigilance Corps,
Zealous that workers aren’t trapped by the law.
* Jix is a play on Joynson-Hicks the Home Secretary.
Posted by UNITY at 06:39