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As I searched for the lyrics to print here in BandCamp, I found this original copy of the lyrics - with a 12 line bridge instead of the four line one heard in this version by my darling Amy, as well as my own. I like the poetry of this older version, and I'll be incorporating it in all my future performances.

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Gene Debs said "To hell with war!
To hell with all who crave it!
When masters rule the world no more
We'll need no wars to save it."

While the ones who own the tools
Hoard the wealth and make the rules
The whole planet suffers
For the powerful few
Gene Debs had a lot to say
Years ago/ True today
With two million locked away
What can we do?

There’s a better world a-waiting – Work to win it
Put an end to poverty, to hunger, despair
While there is a lower class I am in it
There’s enough for everyone to have a fair share

While there is a lower class I am in it
Where there is injustice it is done to me
While there is a criminal element I am of it
While there is a soul in prison I am not free

Not behind the prison wall but high above it
Truth and honor call upon us – rise and resist!
While there is a criminal element I am of it
Crime will be unknown when peace and justice exist

While there is a lower class I am in it
Where there is injustice it is done to me
While there is a criminal element I am of it
While there is a soul in prison I am not free

Can you take time to imagine
The day when all receive respect
Where want and hunger are just memories
And no one suffers from neglect
Where each can get an education
And work has meaning for us all
Instead of brutal retribution
An outstretched hand to those who fall?
When we at last protect the planet
Clean up the water and the air
When work is driven not by profit
But to make a world we’ll all be proud to share -


Speak truth to power and they call it revolution
Open your hearts and it’s so easy to see
Punishing the poor is just a rich man’s solution
While there is a soul in prison I am not free

While there is a lower class I am in it
Where there is injustice it is done to me
While there is a criminal element I am of it
While there is a soul in prison I am not free

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from War on the Workers a Tribute to Anne Feeney, released December 28, 2016
(c) Anne Feeney (BMI)
Amy Sue Berlin- Vocals
Raina Rose- Vocals
Alex Berthaumieu- Vocals
Produced by Jinx McGee at Banana Pop Studios in Austin, TX

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Anne Feeney Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Anne Feeney is a front-line singer and agitator well-versed in the traditions of Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Tom Lehrer.

She's taken her musical message all over the US and Canada as well as Sweden and Denmark.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, For almost 50 years, Anne has gone to wherever the fires of resistance burn brightly, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.
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