Night of the Living Reds

by Workers' United Front

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Ill Crop Fun punk covers of resistance anthems to jam at the bar after the branch meeting. Good when you need a pick-me-up while making a picket sign, best with comrades for gang vocals. Favorite track: The World Turned Upside Down.
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Workers' United Front is a studio project band composed of a musical united front of socialists and anarchists that record traditional labor, revolutionary, socialist, and progressive anthems in punk and ska styles. All of the band's share of the proceeds from the sale of this album will be split among the different political organizations that the band members support.

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released September 9, 2007

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Track Name: Bandiera Rossa (Avanti Popolo)
Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa
Bandiera rossa, Bandiera rossa
Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa
Bandiera rossa trionferà

Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Evviva il socialismo e la libertà

The people on the march, the road they're treading
it leads to freedom, it leads to freedom
The people on the march, the road they're treading
The red flag waving, trionferà

Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Evviva il socialismo e la libertà

From farm and factory, from school and village
Through force of suffering, and source of knowledge
Our slogans sounding, our banners waving
Victory proceeding, towards liberty

Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Evviva il socialismo e la libertà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Bandiera rossa la trionferà
Evviva il socialismo e la libertà
Track Name: Einheitsfrontlied (The United Front Song)
We're all human so therefore
We must eat before we can think
Fine words are only empty air
If we have no food or drink

So left, right, left
Then left, right, left
There's a place comrade for you
March with us in the workers' united front
'Cause we're all humans too

We're all human so therefore
We'd rather not be trampled under foot
We want no master over us
And no slave under our boot

So left, right, left
Then left, right, left
There's a place comrade for you
March with us in the workers' united front
'Cause we're all humans too

We're all workers so therefore
No class can free us but our own
The emancipation of the working class
Is the task of the workers alone

So left, right, left
Then left, right, left
There's a place comrade for you
March with us in the workers' united front
'Cause we're all workers too
Track Name: We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years
We have fed you all for a thousand years
And you hail us still unfed
Though there's never a dollar of all your wealth
But marks the workers dead

We have yielded our best to give you rest
And you lie on crimson wool
But if blood be the price of all your wealth
Then good god we have paid in full

There is never a mine blown skyward now
But we're buried alive for you
There's never a wreck drifts shoreward now
But we are its ghastly crew

Go reckon our dead by the forges red
And the factories where we spin
If blood be the price of your cursed wealth
Then good god we have paid it in

We have fed you all for a thousand years
For that was our doom, you know
From the days when you chained us in your fields
To the strike a week ago

You have taken our lives, and our husbands and wives
And we're told it's your legal share
But if blood be the price of your lawful wealth
Then good god we bought it fair.
Track Name: The Red Flag
The people's flag is deepest red
It shrouded oft our martyred dead
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold
Their hearts' blood dyed its every fold

Then raise the scarlet standard high
Within its shade we live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here

Look round, the Frenchman loves its blaze
The sturdy German chants its praise
In Moscow's vaults its hymns were sung
Chicago swells the surging throng

Then raise the scarlet standard high
Within its shade we live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here

It waved above our infant might
When all ahead seemed dark as night
It witnessed many a deed and vow
We must not change its colour now

Then raise the scarlet standard high
Within its shade we live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here

It well recalls the triumphs past
It gives the hope of peace at last
The banner bright, the symbol plain
Of human right and human gain

Then raise the scarlet standard high.
Within its shade we live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here

With head uncovered swear we all
To bear it onward till we fall
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim
This song shall be our parting hymn

Then raise the scarlet standard high
Within its shade we live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here
Track Name: I Ain't Got No Home
I ain't got no home, I'm just a-roamin' 'round,
Just a wandrin' worker, I go from town to town.
And the police make it hard wherever I may go
And I ain't got no home in this world anymore.

My brothers and my sisters are stranded on this road,
A hot and dusty road that a million feet have trod;
Rich man took my home and drove me from my door
And I ain't got no home in this world anymore.

I mined in your mines and I gathered in your corn
I been working, mister, since the day I was born
Now I worry all the time like I never did before
'Cause I ain't got no home in this world anymore

Now as I look around, it's mighty plain to see
This world is such a great and a funny place to be;
Oh, the bosses they are rich an' the workers they are poor,
And I ain't got no home in this world anymore.
Track Name: The World Turned Upside Down
In 1649 to St. George's Hill
A ragged band they called the Diggers came to show the people's will
They defied the landlords, they defied the laws
They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs.
We come in peace, they said, to dig and sow
We come to work the lands in common and make the wastelands grow
This earth divided we will make whole
So it may be a common treasury for all
The sin of property we do disdain
No one has any right to buy or sell the earth for private gain
By theft and murder they took the land
Now everywhere the walls rise up at their command
They make the laws to chain us well
The clergy dazzle us with heaven, or they damn us into hell
We will not worship the God they serve,
The God of greed who feeds the rich while poor folk starve
We work and eat together, we need no swords
We will not bow to masters, nor pay rent to the lords
We are free folk, though we be poor
Ye Diggers all, stand up for glory, stand up now!

From the men of property the orders came
They sent the hired men and troopers to wipe out the Diggers' claim
Tear down their cottages, destroy their corn
They were dispersed - only their vision lingers on
You poor take courage, you rich take care
This earth was made a common treasury for everyone to share
All things in common, all people one
We came in peace - the order came to cut us down
Track Name: The Preacher and the Slave
Long-haired preachers come out every night
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right
But when asked how about something to eat
They will answer in voices so sweet

You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land in the sky
Work and pray, live on hay
You'll get pie in the sky when you die

And the Starvation Army, they play
And they clap and they sing and they pray
Till they get all your money on their drum
That's when they'll tell you that you're a fucking bum

You will eat, bye and bye
In that glorious land in the sky
Work and pray, live on hay
You'll get pie in the sky when you die

Working-folk from all countries, unite
Side by side we for freedom will fight
When the world and its wealth we have gained
To the grafters we'll sing this refrain

We will eat, bye and bye
When we've learned how to cook and how to fry
Chop some wood, it'll do us good
And we'll eat in that sweet bye and bye
Track Name: There is Power in a Union
Would you have freedom from Wage slavery,
Then join in the grand Industrial band;
Would you from mis'ry and hunger be free,
Then come, do your share, like a man.

There is pow'r there is pow'r in a band of working-folk,
When they stand hand in hand,
That's a pow'r, that's a pow'r
That must rule in every land—
One Industrial Union Grand.

Would you have mansions of gold in the sky,
and live in a shack, somewhere in the back?
Would you have wings up in heaven to fly,
And starve here with rags on your back?

There is pow'r there is pow'r in a band of working-folk,
When they stand hand in hand,
That's a pow'r, that's a pow'r
That must rule in every land—
One Industrial Union Grand.

If you like sluggers to beat off your head,
Then don't organize, all unions despise.
If you want nothing before you are dead,
Shake hands with your boss and look wise.

There is pow'r there is pow'r in a band of working-folk,
When they stand hand in hand,
That's a pow'r, that's a pow'r
That must rule in every land—
One Industrial Union Grand.

Come, all ye workers, from every land,
Come, join the grand industrial band;
Then we our share of this earth shall demand.
Come on! Do your share, lend a hand.

There is pow'r there is pow'r in a band of working-folk,
When they stand hand in hand,
That's a pow'r, that's a pow'r
That must rule in every land—
One Industrial Union Grand.
There is pow'r there is pow'r in a band of working-folk,
When they stand hand in hand,
That's a pow'r, that's a pow'r
That must rule in every land—
One Industrial Union Grand.
Track Name: If I Had a Hammer
If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a bell
I'd ring it in the morning
I'd ring it in the evening
All over this land
I'd ring out danger
I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
All over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Well I've got a hammer
And I've got a bell
And I've got a song to sing
All over this land
It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's the song about love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land
Track Name: The Rebel Girl
There are women of many descriptions
In this cruel world, as everyone knows,
Some are living in beautiful mansions,
And are wearing the finest of clothes.
There's blue blooded queen and princess,
Who have charms made of diamonds and pearl;
But the only true to herself lady
Is the Rebel Girl.

She's the Rebel Girl, the Rebel Girl.
She's the working class strength of this world
From Maine to Georgia you'll see
Her fighting for you and for me
And I'm proud to fight for freedom
With a Rebel Girl.

Yes, her hands may be harden'd from labor
And her clothes may not be very fine;
But a heart in her bosom is beating
That is true to her class all the time.
And the bosses know that they can't change
That she'd die to defend the workers' world.
For the only true to herself lady
Is the Rebel Girl.

She's the Rebel Girl, the Rebel Girl.
She's the working class strength of this world
From Maine to Georgia you'll see
Her fighting for you and for me
And I'm proud to fight for freedom
With a Rebel Girl.
Track Name: Bread and Roses
As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are brightened by the beauty that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear are singing: Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!

As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are in this struggle and together we can win.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts can starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses.

As we go marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Are crying through our singing their ancient call for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too.

As we go marching, marching, we are standing proud and tall,
The rising of the women means the rising of us all.
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.
Track Name: Ay Carmela (El Paso del Ebro)
The army of the Ebro
rumba la rumba la rumba la.
The army of the Ebro
rumba la rumba la rumba la.

Crossed the river one night
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!
Crossed the river one night
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!

Fascist bombs rained down
rumba la rumba la rumba la.
Fascist bombs rained down
rumba la rumba la rumba la.

But they will never hit us
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!
But they will never hit us
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!

We push on we fight back
rumba la rumba la rumba la.
We push on we fight back
rumba la rumba la rumba la.

Forever we will resist
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!
Forever we will resist
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!

No matter what happens to us
rumba la rumba la rumba la.
No matter what happens to us
rumba la rumba la rumba la.

We promise we will resist
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!
We promise we will resist
¡Ay Carmela! ¡Ay Carmela!

Forever we will resist
We promise we will resist
Track Name: Bella Ciao
One morning when I awakened
Oh bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao,
One morning when I awakened
Well I found fascist all around

Oh partisan please take me with you
Oh bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao,
Oh partisan please take me with you
Because I'd be willing to die

And if I die fighting as a partisan
Oh bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao,
And if I die fighting as a partisan
Promise me you'll bury me

Bury me there, up in the mountains
Oh bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao,
Bury me there, up in the mountains
And shade my grave with a lovely flower

And the people who pass that way
Oh bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao,
And the people who pass that way
Will say, oh look what a lovely flower

Oh that's the flower of the partisan
Oh bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao,
Oh that's the flower of the partisan
Who died for freedom's sake
Track Name: Joe Hill
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.

"In Salt Lake City, Joe," says I,
Him standing by my bed,
"They framed you on a murder charge,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead,"
Says Joe, "But I ain't dead."

"The Copper Bosses killed you Joe,
they shot you Joe" they filled you full of lead.
"Takes more than guns to kill someone"
Says Joe "I didn't die"
Says Joe "I didn't die"

And standing there as big as life
and smiling with his eyes.
Says Joe "What they can never kill
went on to organize,
went on to organize"

From San Diego up to Maine,
in every mine and mill,
Where working men strike and organize,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill,
it's there you'll find Joe Hill!

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.
Track Name: Freedom Come Aa Ye
Roch the win i the clear day's dawin
Blaws the clouds heilster-gowdie owre the bay
But thair's mair nor a roch win blawin
Thro the Great Glen o the warl the day
It's a thocht that wad gar our rottans
Aa thae rogues that gang gallus fresh an gay
Tak the road an seek ither loanins
Wi thair ill-ploys tae sport an play

And nae mair will our bonnie callants
Merch tae war whan our braggarts crousely craw
Nor wee weans frae pitheid an clachan
Murn the ships sailin doun the Broomielaw
Broken faimilies in launs we've hairriet
Will curse 'Scotlan the Brave' nae mair, nae mair
Black an white ane-til-ither mairriet
Mak the vile barracks o thair maisters bare

Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom
Never heed whit the houdies croak for Doom
In yer hous aa the bairns o Aidam
Will fin breid, barley-bree an paintit room
Whan MacLean meets wi's friens in Springburn
Aa thae roses an geeans will turn tae blume
An a black laud frae yont Nyanga
Dings the fell gallows o the burghers doun.
Track Name: The Internationale
Arise ye workers from your slumbers
Arise ye prisoners of want
For reason in revolt now thunders
And at last ends the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses arise, arise
We'll change henceforth the old traditions
And spurn the dust to win the prize.

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we'll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They'll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

No saviour from on high delivers
No faith have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must shiver
Chains of hatred, greed and fear
E'er the thieves will give up their booty
And give to all a happier lot.
Each at the forge must do their duty
And we'll strike while the iron is hot.