Union Songs

Hold That Line

A song by Geoff Francis and Peter Hicks©1989 Geoff Francis and Peter Hicks
Revised March 2002

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Hold that line!
Hold that line!
Sisters, brothers, never weaken,
Stand and hold that picket line!

Oh, we're standing here together,
One for all and all for one;
And we'll keep right on here standing
Till our victory we have won,
We're united in our struggle,
No, there's none us can divide
We'll yield nothing to the enemy
'Cos we've justice on our side.

Hold that line against the bosses
When they try to drive us back,
Hold that line against the coppers
And their armed baton attacks,
Hold that line against the government,
'Gainst all enemies of our class,
And hold that line against the scabs too,
No, we'll never let them pass.

Hold that line against the World Bank
And against the IMF,
Hold that line and keep on holding it
As long as we have breath.
Hold that line against their dogma
Hold that line against their creed
Hold that line to save the future
From their plunder and their greed.

Oh, we're standing with the millions
Reaching out across this world,
And with those who fought before us,
Our banners here unfurled..
But there's more room yet beside us,
If you'll come and join our cause,
For the chains that now enslave you,
They are all you have to lose.


Many thanks to Geoff Francis and Peter Hicks for permission to include this song in the Union Songs collection

Hold That Line already has quite a history. It was published in the most recent edition of the famous IWW song book. It was featured on the CD In Union is Strength. More recently this revised version was on the shortlist of six of the Wobbly Radio Workers Song Competition in 2002.

You can visit Peter Hicks website at: http://home.austarnet.com.au/glazfolk/

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