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I Dreamed I Saw Anne Feeney

(2021)

An old friend of mine and Anne's suggested I do another rewrite of Earl Robeson's song about Joe Hill. I began with carrying out Robert's songwriting assignment, but then it turned into this. I miss you, Anne.
I dreamed I saw Anne Feeney, it was on a picket line
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13/2/2021 - 19:53
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We Just Come to Work Here, We Don’t Come to Die

Parole e musica di Harry Stamper, uno scaricatore di porto di Coos Bay, Oregon, che fu anche sindacalista e cantautore. Credo che il testo sia stato riveduto e corretto dalla Feeney.
Nella raccolta “Classic Labor Songs” pubblicata dalla Smithsonian Folkways nel 2006.

Harry Stamper scrisse questa canzone quando un giorno la compagnia per la quale lavorava gli ordinò di muovere una gran pila di tronchi senza che vi fossero le necessarie condizioni di sicurezza. Lui si rifiutò e fu licenziato. Fece causa, il giudice gli diede ragione e fu reintegrato e risarcito.
“OSHA”, nel ritornello, è l’acronimo dell’“Occupational Safety and Health Administration”, l’agenzia federale statunitense che vigila sulla sicurezza e salute sui posti di lavoro.
Well I’ve been working here for fifteen years
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inviata da Bernart Bartleby 24/4/2015 - 14:16
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Scabs

[1991]
Lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Union Maid [2007]

Here's a jug band/swing ode to 'the lowest life form found in nature's lab' - strikebreakers or Scabs!
"I wrote this song for Solidarity Day '91... I was inspired by a New York Daily News striking reporter. In a curious turn of events he ended up inside the building at 3 AM during the height of the strike. He talked about what it was like to see pictures of someone else's kids on the desk he worked at for 22 years. He said it was like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" – that only pod people could come in and do what these scabs were doing".
There's an alien life form been creepin' round my job site
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inviata da giorgio 22/5/2010 - 14:56
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You Will Answer

[2006]
Lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Dump the Bosses Off Your Back [2008]

"...Well, better we'd do it.. the Judgment Day...
I wrote this blues during a workshop at the U.S. Labor Against the War conference in Cleveland. It's been a part of the play "Buried: The Story of the Sago Mine Disaster" ever since..
Last night as I lay tossing and a-turning in my bed I dreamed
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inviata da giorgio 15/4/2010 - 13:05
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Dump The Bosses Off Your Back

[1916]
Lyrics by John Brill - here with additional lyrics by Mark Gunnery and Anne Feeney
Music: sung to the tune of "What a Friend We Have In Jesus/Take It to the Lord in Prayer"
Album: Dump the Bosses Off Your Back [2008]
Are you cold, forlorn and hungry?
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inviata da giorgio 15/4/2010 - 08:46
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We Just Come to Work Here

Songwriter: Harry “OR” Stamper
Updated lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Union Maid [2005]

"Oregon" longshoreman Harry Stamper wrote this song after his boss asked him to put his life at risk one day on the docks. "Why don't you get in there?" shouted Harry's boss. "Why don't you just lay down in the driveway and lick your balls?" replied Harry. Thanks to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Harry was able to appeal his firing and get his job back. It was determined that Harry would have been killed if he had listened to his boss.
Working at this job is dirty and dangerous And I'm taking risks anyway.
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inviata da giorgio 7/2/2010 - 09:04
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How Long?

[2007]

Lyrics based on a speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on March 25, 1965
Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Dump the Bosses Off Your Back
I know you ask today, How long will it take?
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inviata da giorgio 6/1/2010 - 12:32
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War On the Workers

[1991]
Lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Have You Been to Jail for Justice? [2001]

This song was featured on Bill Moyers and is the theme of the Justice at Walmart campaign. I wrote it during the Staley Strike in Decatur, IL in the early 90s. This recording features Jon Fromer, Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis on backup vocals and Charlie Chadwick on bass, Sam Bacco on percussion, and me and Mike McAdam on guitars. The two people named in the song died .... Jim Beals when he was ordered into a tank filled with poison gas, and Karen Silkwood when she tried to expose dangerous practices at her place of employment, Kerr-Magee.
Listen up – We've got a war zone here today
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inviata da giorgio 6/1/2010 - 10:29
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Fannie Sellins

[2003]
Lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney
Album: Union Maid

Fannie Sellins, a union organizer known as the “Angel of Mercy”: gave her freedom and life defending free speech, demanding the right to organize, and helping the poor struggling mining and steel families of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Due to brutally long work days 7 days a week, low pay, and dangerous unhealthy working conditions, there was much worker unrest in the mining and steel industries at the time of the First World War. With 12 hour days workers had little time or energy for family, education, recreation, or religion. The mining and steel companies with near total control of the police, courts, and newspapers crushed efforts of workers to unionize and fight for better working conditions. Free speech and public meetings were banned in the cities and towns surrounding Pittsburgh. Workers were fired for... (continua)
In labor's glorious history was many a union maid
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inviata da giorgio 6/1/2010 - 08:24
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How Much For The Life Of A Miner ?

[2006]
Album: Dump the Bosses Off Your Back [2008]

Lyrics & Music by Anne Feeney

"This is one of the songs I wrote for Jerry Starr powerful play, "Buried: The Story of the "Sago Mine Disaster".
You've heard "Sixteen Tons" and "The Coal Tattoo"
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inviata da giorgio 2/12/2009 - 08:39




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