An ode to One Big Union: MATTHEW GRIMM and THE RED SMEAR


It’s not about protest alone. The struggle is to name and claim what is ours. I like the sign held by a person in the video which states: If you don’t move you can’t feel your chains.

Visit the band’s site.

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Lyrics are here:

by MATTHEW GRIMM & THE RED SMEAR

When the paycheck just ain’t stretchin’ like it might’ve once before
‘Cause the good jobs all are gone and left you in some big-box store
Between food and rent and medicine, the suits just rate a whole lot more.

When the bosses cut that last corner and you walk out those doors
When the truckers hauling sweatshop stuff won’t stop there anymore
When folks won’t cross your pickets cause their boat’s the same as yours
That is one big union.

When the nickeled and the dimed have had enough of being screwed
When they walk out of the sweatshops and the cops refuse to shoot
When the puppet regimes fall, when the World Bank gets the boot
That is one big union.

They call it a labor surplus
Market-value poverty
But what if that which ye do to the least of my brethren
So you do unto me.

We built the tanks and ships that
Saved a world in darkest throes
Back when young men fought for the rights of mankind
Not just some CEOs.

When a simple, decent living is a right that we all share
When the suits see us as people not just assets to be pared
When they can’t just ship your job off ’cause it’s happening everywhere
That is one big union.

When the volume of this chorus grows till they can’t help but hear
When our leaders serve the people, not just banks and profiteers
When the food and labor of the earth feed everyone here
That is one big union.

That will be one big union
Come join our one big union.

Thanks to Straight Goods for the links.

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2 responses to “An ode to One Big Union: MATTHEW GRIMM and THE RED SMEAR

  1. Pingback: An ode to One Big Union: MATTHEW GRIMM & THE RED SMEAR

  2. Matthew

    Just fyi, a One Big Union video update for 2011.

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