Stand Up for Justice

LYRICS

Stand up, stand up for Justice!
Ye slaves of Besco, stand.
Put forth you every effort
And break the tyrant’s hand.

Lift high the scarlet banner
It must not suffer loss.
Throw off your chains, oh workers.
Stamp out that cursed word, ‘boss’.

Stand up, stand up for Justice!
This strike will not last long.
One day, the noise of battle
The next the victor’s song.

The great emancipation
Of labour now is here.
The grand annihilation
Of capitalists now appear.

Stand up, stand up for Justice!
And break the prisoner’s chain.
For in the coming future
O’er Besco we shall reign.

Crush all our great oppressors
Each coronet and crown
Let crash before its master
Till labour wins renown

(GO TO IT, BOYS!)

student from Cape Breton

MLH 24 April 1926, p. 2

By KEN CHISHOLM

 KEN CHISHOLM – VOCALS AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR 

About Ken Chisholm

Sydney native Ken Chisholm began writing songs in junior high inspired by Cape Breton songwriters Leon Dubinsky and Alistair MacGillvray (who taught Chisholm guitar for one year). Several of his songs were featured in various editions of The Cape Breton Summer Time Revue when Dubinsky was musical director. His song, “Company Town”, was featured on both a Fifth Estate television documentary and an award winning CBC-Radio documentary. Chisholm was also featured on the first Load of Wood compilation album. Besides occasional performances as a solo artist, Chisholm, along with Dave Burke, Angelo Spinazzolla, and Lonnie Jones, was part of the roots group, The Vintage Pickers. He also writes plays, fiction, and arts and cultural journalism.

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