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Class Warfare song
by anon
Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 12:02 PM
Add it to your litle red Wobblies song book. Pass it on down the line.
“So, as long as they are accusing us of class warfare, we might as well engage in class warfare.” Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion, Saturday, September 24, 2011

“Class Warfare” to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as sung by Garrison & gang

It’s time for working people to rise up and defeat
The brokers and the bankers and the media elite
And all the educated bums in paneled office suites
And throw them in the street

Chorus: Glory, glory what’s it to ya/Glory, glory what’s it to ya
Glory, glory what’s it to ya/The truth is marching on

Down with all the east cost liberal aristocracy
Down with all the lawyers who live in luxury
Down with all the lobyists in Washington, D.C.
We’ll run them up a tree

Let’s reverse the social order
Oh, wouldn’t it be cool
Down with management and let the secretaries rule
Let the cleaning ladies sit around the swimming pool
Send the bosses back to school


We’ll take them from their country clubs and luxury resorts
We’ll take them from the golf course and from the tennis courts
We’ll take them out of first class and with a might cheer
We’ll send them to the rear

And then we’ll get the media, those mighty millionaires
Who weave their little fictions sitting on their derrieres
We’ll grab them by thier flabby hands and make them say their prayers
And kick them down the stairs


When the umpires come out, everybody boos
The high and the mighty, we kick dirt upon their shoes
And won’t it be great when the New York Yankees lose
We will all cheer the news - Chorus
by Lyn Davis
(davisaandl [at] Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 12:58 PM
I was listening to the Class Welfare song on today's show on the radio while sitting in traffic today, and happily singing along to the lyrics with a great feeling that someone whom people pay attention to is finally speaking up to respond to all the names "regular" people are being called these days because we do believe in taxes, concern for our fellow citizens, etc. Then, when Garrison ended his song by wishing defeat to the Yankees, my arch enemy (Boston-born Red Sox fan, of course), I was happpy as a clam. Thanks, Garrison, singing that song on public radio took a lot of guts.
by EnnEll
Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 1:21 PM
I agree with the previous poster (except for the Yankees--has something to do with sports, not nationality, right?). Yes, FINALLY, someone who people trust and listen to is speaking out. The saddest thing is that now it is considered "brave" to speak up for justice. and sad that I held my breath for what will be the fallout, then I cried like a baby when Garrison made his statement and sang the song.
by Pat Coffey
Sunday Sep 25th, 2011 8:01 PM
I found myself singing along with it yesterday and again today in the rebroadcast. I was at a function yesterday with a bunch of rich people who couldn't keep the subject off of anti-Obama rhetoric. These are the folks who climbed the ladder of success with lots of help from the government and then pulled up the ladder after themselves to prevent anyone else from getting there.
by Mary L, Ohio
Tuesday Sep 27th, 2011 10:40 AM
Thank you Garrsion Kellior and author for this great song. Of course we don't want to engage in physical warfare but NICE verbal is OK. I hope that all radio and TV pick up the lyrcis and play them over and over. Maybe it will shame the rich into some sense of reality.
by Tom Dailey
Saturday Oct 1st, 2011 4:17 PM
I wonder if Class Warfare is being sung by the protesters on Wall Street? It should be our anthem. Imagine a bunch of people singing this in the bus on the way to work, or from rolled down windows of cars caught in rush hour.

Thank you, Garrison Keillor.