WORKERS OF THE WORLD, AWAKEN (JOE HILL) (c. 1914)

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A strong current running through Hill's songs is his belief in the power of a united working class. For the Salt Lake City branch of the Swedish-American organization Verdandi -- headed by his friend Oscar W. Larson -- Joe Hill wrote both the words and music to "Workers of the World Awaken."
Gibbs M. Smith, Labor Martyr Joe Hill, New York, NY, 1969, p. 28.

First published in the March 1916 Joe Hill Memorial Edition of the Industrial Worker "Little Red Songbook."

Workers of the world, awaken!
Break your chains. demand your rights.
AII the wealth you make is taken
By exploiting parasites.
Shall you kneel in deep submission
From your cradles to your graves?
ls the height of your ambition
To be good and willing slaves?
CHORUS:
Arise, ye prisoners of starvation!
Fight for your own emancipation;
Arise, ye slaves of every nation.
In One Union grand.
Our little ones for bread are crying,
And millions are from hunger dying;
The end the means is justifying,
'Tis the final stand.
If the workers take a notion,
They can stop all speeding trains;
Every ship upon the ocean
They can tie with mighty chains.
Every wheel in the creation,
Every mine and every mill,
Fleets and armies of the nation,
Will at their command stand still.

Join the union, fellow workers,
Men and women, side by side;
We will crush the greedy shirkers
Like a sweeping, surging tide;
For united we are standing,
But divided we will fall;
Let this be our understanding --
"All for one and one for all.''

Workers of the world, awaken!
Rise in all your splendid might;
Take the wealth that you are making,
It belongs to you by right.
No one will for bread be crying,
We'll have freedom, love and health.
When the grand red flag is flying
In the Workers' Commonwealth.

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