Scoundrels That We Are

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Lyrics and music by Kate Downing & Nathan Moore. This song is based on an 1883 trial in Lyon, France, of sixty anarchists, including Peter Kropotkin, the famous geographer formerly known as prince. For some contextual background, visit: context about the events in this song, visit:…-lyon-1883/.



Listen, workers, listen
For it's eighteen eighty-three
Accused we stand by men
Who seek to stifle liberty
Sixty strong, we did no wrong
We only spoke the truth
That rule by might or holy rite
Is rotten at the root

We rose up at the Commune
With flags of black and red
From barricade to brick
Upon those Paris streets we bled
Now here we wait in Lyon
Denounced by State and law
But chains cannot constrain the mind
That follows freedom's cause

Scoundrels that we are
The bane of boss and crown and tsar
From farm and field to factory and mine
We claim bread and work for all
Curse collar, cage, and prison wall
In defiance and free contract we combine

We've seen the weavers' children
With hands out at the gate
We've heard the priest in cloth of gold
Say paradise must wait
The worst is not the tyrant
Whose throne can be upturned
But the boss who bleeds the belly
Taking all that others earn

From all pockets come the wages
that fill the teacher's purse
Yet our comrades toil unlettered due to circumstance of birth.
Capital accumulates as muscle turns the wheel
And the wealth of generations is not for the rich to steal


Liberty unlimited!
Equality for all!
To the pillars of authority
We would see you fall!

Chorus 2X

By Nathan Moore & Kate Downing


from Scoundrels That We Are, released January 17, 2016
Nathan Moore: guitar, vocals
Kate Downing: vocals



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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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