This is a week late, but every day is Labor Day as far as I’m concerned. So here are some songs celebrating the working people.
“Bread and Roses” by Judy Collins
“Gonna Be An Engineer” by Peggy Seeger
“Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes
“I Guess I Planted” by Billy Bragg & Wilco
“Joe Hill” by Paul Robeson
“More Than a Paycheck” by Sweet Honey in the Rock
“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
“Talking Union” by The Almanac Singers
“Working Class Hero” by John Lennon
I’m trying to make this a more regular feature, but until that time, enjoy some earlier Resistance Mixtapes:
I’ve been meaning to make this a regular feature, and this is a good time to collect some songs written in opposition to fascists, white supremacists, and right-wing extremists of all stripes. It seems that folk and punk are the favored genres of anti-fascism, but if you know a good ripping tune from some other genre to add to the fight, let me know in the comments.
Woody Guthrie – “All You Fascists Bound to Lose”
Peggy Seeger – “Song of Choice”
Fishbone – “Subliminal Fascism”
Anti Flag – “This Machine Kills Fascists”
MDC – “Born to Die”
Aus-Rotten – “Fuck Nazi Sympathy”
Sonic Youth – “Youth Against Fascism”
Rage Against the Machine – “Killing in the Name”
Over the past few months I’ve been collecting songs for what I call the Resistance Mixtape.
Music can soothe and inspire. Songs can tell stories and instruct. And most importantly music brings people together.
Here are some songs for the Resistance Mixtape for Independence Day.
Let’s begin with Paul Robeson, singing about “The House I Live In.”
Woody Guthrie’s famous response to “God Bless America” noted that even in a land where people wait in line at the relief office and signs say “No Trespassing” that the reality is that “This Land is Your Land.”
Prince & the Revolution similarly question the premise of “America the Beautiful” and whether or not the grace of God trickles down to our children.
Kim Weston sings a stirring version of the song known as “The Black National Anthem.”
Finally, the love we have for our own nation need does not mean we hate or demean other nations as we learn in the hymn “This is My Song” written by Lloyd Stone.
What other songs would you add to the mixtape?