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This pamphlet was published the SPI in 1975. As noted in the Introduction:
The songs reproduced in this book show various aspects of the continuing struggle between the working class and the capitalists, whether employers or landlords. The SP believes that the international nature of the workers’ struggle needs particular emphasis in Ireland today, where so many organisations exist, who would again lead us into the blind alley of nationalism.
And it continues:
The fight for socialism, for human rights and decent standards is international. As James Connolly said - “the workers of all countries are my fellow patriots, the capitalist of my own country is my natural enemy”.
Music and songs have an important part to play in the battle for socialism. They are invaluable in building confidence and strengthening class solidarity as well as in combating the attitudes of the exploiters.
Many of the songs are accompanied by brief explanations as to their historical and political provenance and the selection is wide.
Appendix: Songs Included
- Be Moderate
- Dump the Bosses Off Your Bback
- I am a Union Woman
- The Internationale
- James Connolly
- Jarama Valley
- Joe Hill
- The Klan Song
- Peace and Liberty
- Pity the Downtrodden Landlord
- The Red Flag
- Solidarity Forever
- Song of the Future
- Song of the Hunger Marchers
- Song of the Low
- Song to Labour
- Sit down
- Strike for Better Wages
- The Blackleg
- The Watchword of Labour
- Willie Browne
- We Shall Not Be Moved