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A song written by Harry Stamper, legendary folksinger, activist, and longshoreman from Coos Bay, Oregon. To find out more about Harry Stamper, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=45gjdMY4bgo

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HARRY BRIDGES

Harry helped to build the bridges that the workers marched across
In a time when it was dangerous to agitate the boss
When the workers got together to see what they could do
They built a solid union–the ILWU

Chorus:
So here’s to you Harry, may your name forever stand
For integrity and justice for every workingman
Workingwomen are beside them as the bosses’ plans erode
And your spirit sails on every ship we load

Before the union stood against the flowing economic tide
The employer set the standards and then organized the ride
Standards of human decency were easy to ignore
But all that changed in 1934

Chorus

From San Diego to Alaska all the teams called the same play
And there wasn’t any question that the workers won that day
They put the blame on Harry when the power was let go
And they called him every evil thing they know

They called him a commie; they called him a Red
They called him a lot of things they should have called the boss instead
But when the dust had settled and the new day had begun
It was plain the working people had all won

Chorus

Then we found out what employers do when they’re pushed to the line
When they can’t exploit their workers and they find a friend sometime
Uncle Sam called in the watchdogs, tried to tell them where to go
Workers stood with Harry Bridges and history said “No!”

Chorus

And your spirit sails on every ship we load

©Harry Stamper, Belly-Up Music

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from Scoundrels That We Are, released January 17, 2016

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Monday Morning Denial Eugene, Oregon

Monday Morning Denial is a folk music duo featuring husband-and-wife songwriting team Kate Downing and Nathan Moore. They craft and perform “underdog folk” songs that champion the struggles of everyday people to find hope in the midst of hard times.

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