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  1. We Stand Together

From the recording American Dream

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About The Song
In early 2002 I was asked to provide some songs for the soundtrack of a video production, Celebrating May Day: The Activists Speak. I wrote this song specifically for that soundtrack, and also submitted Don't Sell Us Pipe Dreams, and a third song, Keeping Up Appearances. Of the three, this song was the only one featured in the video, and it works very well over the end credits. It has a very simple structure designed to give activists and unionists the ability to add verses that relate to their own specific struggles.

'Celebrating May Day: The Activists Speak', launched on Friday, May 10, 2002. The video was produced by Avante Media for the South Australian May Day Committee. The song was released on a limited edition three song CD-R called, Celebrating May Day: The Activists Speak also released May, 2002, by the South Australian May Day Committee.

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Lyrics

We Stand Together

© 2002, Jim Lesses. All Rights Reserved.


When government and boss conspire … We Stand Together!

We’ll greet them with a union fire … We Stand Together!

When scabs and guards ignore our signs … We Stand Together!

We’ll face them with our picket lines … We Stand Together!

CHORUS

We Stand Together, through the darkness and the light,

We Stand Together, and we won’t give up the fight.

When workers struggle side by side, to win their rightful share,

We proudly raise our banners high, and join the union there.

When bosses try to cut our pay … We Stand Together!

United will we win the day when … We Stand Together!

And when they shut the factories down … We Stand Together!

We know our rights, we stand our ground and … We Stand Together!

CHORUS

We Stand Together, through the darkness and the light,

We Stand Together, and we won’t give up the fight.

When workers struggle side by side, to win their rightful share,

We proudly raise our banners high, and join the union there.

When workers heed the union call … We Stand Together!

It’s all for one, and one for all when … We Stand Together!

When workers of the world unite … We Stand Together!

The world will tremble at the sight when … We Stand Together!

CHORUS

We Stand Together, through the darkness and the light,

We Stand Together, and we won’t give up the fight.

When workers struggle side by side, to win their rightful share,

We proudly raise our banners high, and join the union there.

CODA:

When workers struggle side by side, to win their rightful share,

We proudly raise our banners high, and join the union there.