FROM MADISON IN STRUGGLE... The words and music to 'Solidarity Forever' and some other classic songs of the struggle

Although there are and have been dozens of recordings of the union song "Solidarity Forever," the classic version has to be the one sung numerous times and on hundreds of picket lines led by Peter Seeger, going all the way back to his days with the Almanac Singers. So here is is, both with the You Tube link and with the words, "Solidarity Forever," now a little over a hundreds years old and back in action once again in the USA.

In case you can't use the hot link above, here is the URL


SOLIDARITY FOREVER! By Ralph H. Chaplin (IWW) , (Tune: "John Brown's Body", "Battle Hymn of the Republic")

When the Union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,

There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun.

Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one?

But the Union makes us strong.

CHORUS Solidarity forever!

Solidarity forever!

Solidarity forever!

But the Union makes us strong.

It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade.

Dug the mines and built the workshops; endless miles of railroad laid.

Now we stand, outcast and starving, 'mid the wonders we have made;

But the Union makes us strong.


They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn.

But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.

We can break their haughty power; gain our freedom when we learn

That the Union makes us strong.


In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold;

Greater than the might of atoms, magnified a thousandfold.

We can bring to birth the new world from the ashes of the old,

For the Union makes us strong.


Another great Pete Segger rendition is of the song "Which Side Are You On?", although the 2008 video that accompanies the words takes a too rosey-eyed view of Barack Obama's relation to the working class and the class struggle. Now that Obama has allied himself and his presidency with global finance capital — it was part of his campaign from the day he appointed the infamous billlionaire un ion-bisting teacher bashing Penny Pritzker as his campaign finance chieftan — the video might be confusing.

The URL to Peter Seeger's version of "Which side are you on?" is at


February 19, 2011 at 6:10 PM

By: J.S. Whitfield

GDC Statement

General Defense Committee

of the Industrial Workers of the World

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!

GDC Central • Post Office Box 180195 • Chicago, Illinois 60618 USA

Email • • Telephone • 773.857.1090






Steve Ayers

Chair of the General

Executive Board

Koala Largess

Steering Committee

Marie Mason

Chuck Bailey

Eric Zenke

Right now in Wisconsin public workers from across the state, supported by

private sector workers, students young and old, retirees, labor activists and more,

are holding unprecedented protests in Madison against the utterly dictatorial move

by Governor Scott Walker to gut their collective bargaining rights.

After giving $140 million to special interest groups in January, many of whom

donated to Republican campaigns and to the Governor himself, Walker is now

attempting to strip Wisconsin's state workers of their hard-won right to collectively

bargain over the conditions of their labor under the guise of filling a claimed $137

million budget shortfall.

A similar bill has been introduced in Ohio, and Republican Sen. Jane

Cunningham in Missouri has also introduced a bill to strip state law of all Child

Labor protections.

In light of these increasing attacks on the working class, We, the Steering

Committee and Central Secretary Treasurer of the General Defense Committee of

the Industrial Workers of the World, stand firmly behind all workers fighting back.

We extend Solidarity to all workers, union or non-union, fighting back against the

Capitalist class trying to return us to conditions not found since the Industrial


As our primary mission is to offer solidarity and defense help to any workers

imprisoned, arrested, attacked, or punished by the State in any way in fighting the

class war, the GDC of the IWW is here to offer any and all help we can during these

times, and during all labor struggles.

An injury to one is an injury to ALL!

Solidarity Forever!


Central Secretary-Treasurer:

Steven Ayers

Steering Committee:

Chuck Bailey

Eric Zenke

Marie Mason

February 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM

By: Jorge

Gretting & Solidarity from Chile

Solidarity with the fighters for the Labours Rights in Madison. A Injury from Republicans and Tea Party is an injury to all public workers!

Grettings from Santiago de Chile, Jorge

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