The Perfect Day

LYRICS

Don’t you hear the tread of million feet?
Resistless marching on its way,
Increasing steady in its speed,
And heading for the perfect day

The perfect day is now in sight,
The Labour Lion is aware
He has to fight with all his might
The enemy- to get his share
Remorseless moving color gay
Within the echoing mountain pass
The bugle sounds the perfect day

Ceaseless the army marches on.
For the enemy it doth not care
The tyrant, parasite, shall die
The Labour Lion takes his share

O, look upon the banners bright!
With letters red as blood!
You see marked down the victim’s names
Who this brave army lost

Tho ones who lost their lives in gas
Some sing’e, some by lots
The ones in steelworkers’ fireblasts,
Killed around the smelting pots

The ones who lost their lives at sea
And smashed against the rocks;
The ones who died in prison walls
for fighting the big bugs.

The ones who were killed by gunmen’s shots
For being out on strike
The mothers, babies in their tents
Who were murdered al alike

O, tremble, bunch of parasites
who the work’s finance control,
Humanity will never die,
But you shall soon be cold

Ceaseless, the army marches on
To avenge the ones who are slain
They are heading for the perfect day
When the slaves will break their chain.

George Straatman, MLH, 9 August 1924, p.7

By MIKE LELIEVRE

 MIKE LELIEVRE – VOCALS, BACKUP VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, BASS GUITAR AND PIANO 

About Mike Lelievre

Mike LeLievre is a veteran of the Cape Breton music scene, having played in the bars since 13 and still going strong on bigger stages in farther places.  Perhaps best known as Slowcoaster’s bassist, Mike has also released a solo album and is a virtuoso known to play guitar, bass, mandolin, slide and pretty much anything that makes sound.  He writes songs and plays tunes for one-nighters, all-weekers, goodtimes bedtimes, ballrooms and barrooms.

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