Who Fears to Wear the Red Hand Badge

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lyrics

Who fears to wear the blood red badge upon his manly breast,
What scab obeys the vile command of Murphy and the rest,
He’s all a knave and half a slave who slights his Union thus
But true men – like you men – will show the badge with us.

They dared to fling a manly brick, they wrecked a blackleg tram,
They dared give Harvey Duff a kick, they couldn’t give a damn,
They lie in jail and can’t get bail who fought their corner thus,
But you men – with sticks men – must make the Peelers cuss.

We rise in sad and weary days to fight the workers’ cause
We found in Jim a heart ablaze to break down unjust laws
But tis a sin to follow him, said Murphy and his crew
But true men – like you men – will stick to him like glue

Good luck be with him he is here to win for us the fight,
To suffer for us without fear, to champion the right,
So stick to Jim, let nothing dim our ardour in the fray
And true Jim, our own Jim, will win our fight today.

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from My Father Told Me, released November 27, 2014

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