Union Songs

Stand Together

A song by Bernard Carney©1996 Bernard Carney

We will all stand together and sing a union song
We will all stand together and know that we belong
To the strength of the future
In a common working bond
Stand together and sing a union song

There's trouble fast approaching
And the skies are overcast
But let us not lose sight of
All the lessons of the past
The victories that were fought for
In battles loud and long
By the millions who sang a union song

United we will bargain
But divided we will fall
Injustice to the one will mean
Injustice to us all
But when we stand together
The future will belong
To the millions who sing a union song

(optional May Day verse)

It was on the first of May
That I heard the union say
Eight hours of decent working
For eight hours of decent pay
And we won't forget the reasons
Why were marching here today
With the millions who sing a union song


Many thanks to Bernard Carney for permission to use this song about which he writes:

"The song was written in August 96 during the second wave of changes to the West Australian Industrial relations laws and has been sung at all the union rallies since. It's one of a series of songs written for the union campaign against the law changes and ended in the establishment of the Workers Embassy behind Parliament House in June 97 which exists today as Solidarity Park."

Visit his Bernard's website at: http://bernardcarney.com/

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