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Radical Working Class Kids Songs


Parents, do you enjoy the classic kids songs like Row, Row, Row Your Boat and On Top of Spaghetti but wish they had a more radical message? Do you wish the songs your sprats sing—in the car while you take them to and from daycare—tought solidarity, anti-authoritarianism, and instilled a strong working class consciousness in them? Then wait no longer!
 

Teach these songs to your kids. Sing them at marches, demonstrations or acts of disobedience, especially if Officer Bubbles is arresting you. Alter at will. But most importantly: have fun! 

Sung to the tune of Where is Thumbkin?:

?Where are the bosses?
Where are the leaders?
There they go!
There they go!
Where are they going?
Who cares? They’re gone
They can’t come back
Can’t come back?

Sung to the tune of Pop! Goes the Weasel

?All around the factory floor
The boss harassed the workers
The boss thought it was all in fun
Up! Rose the workers?

Sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know it

?If you’re fed up and you know it, take the streets (stomp, stomp)
If you’re fed up and you know it, take the streets (stomp, stomp)
If you’re fed up and you know it and you really wanna show it
If you’re fed up and you know it, take the streets (stomp, stomp)

Sung to the tune of On Top of Spaghetti

?Down here on Main Street, all covered in dirt 
Some barely get by and some have no work
The banks took our houses, and our kids sent off to war
So the rich can get richer, and the poor can stay poor

Sung to the tune of Itsy, Bitsy Spider

?The itsy bitsy workers kicked the bosses out
Down came the police and knocked ‘em all about 
Up rose the people and broke off all their chains
And the itsy bitsy workers kicked ‘em out again

The expropriation version sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat

?No, no, no you won’t
Rob us stinking blind
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Now what’s yours is mine

And the disobedience version:

?No, no, no they won’t
Work us to the grave
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
This time we won’t obey

 Sung to the tune of London Bridges

?March on Wall Street
And bring it down, bring it down, bring it down
March on DC 
And shut it down, rinse and repeat?

Sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:

?Black flag, black flag with a red star
In the streets and in our hearts
No more masters, no more gods 
People power here and abroad
Black flag, black flag with a red star
In the streets and in our hearts

Sung to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot:

?We are one big union, have no doubt
We are the Wobblies, here’s what we’re about
When we get all steamed up, hear us shout
Take your bosses and kick them out!

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