Handfull of Worth

June 28, 2014

Fat Cats
It was my first day in my intro to sociology class (probably about 100 students crammed into a small auditorium). The prof asked “What hugely important event affecting workers’ rights happened in Canada in 1919?” There was a couple of off base wild guesses so finally I put up my hand, “The Winnipeg General Stirke” was the answer I gave (seemed too obvious to me so I was wondering what the catch was). He looked at me for a moment and then said “I’ve been asking that question for years and nobody has gotten that. Felicitations!” Nobody?
I love the celtic styling of Gaugan’s acoustic picking as well as his brogue.

Dick Gaugan – Workers’ Song – 1981
yt post by barcelona36

lyrics:
Come all of you workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead

In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We’ve often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they’ve streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed

But when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who’s given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
When we’ve never owned one handful of earth?

We’re the first ones to starve the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky
And always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat’s about

All of these things the worker has done
From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
We’ve been yoked to the plough since time first began
And always expected to carry the can

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