When the union’s inspiration, Through the worker’s blood shall run, Anywhere beneath the sun, There can be no power greater Yet what force on earth is weaker Than the feeble strength of one But the union makes us strong.
Solidarity for ever (ter) For the union makes us strong. Is there aught we hold in common With the greedy parasite Who lash us into serfdom And who would crush us with his might ? Is there anything left us But to organize and fight ? For the union makes us strong.
It is we who plowed the prairies, Built the cities where they trade, Dug the mine and built the workshops, Endless miles of railroad laid ; Now we stand, outcast and starving, Mid the wonders we made But the union makes us strong.
All the world that’s owned by idle drones Is ours and ours alone. We have laid the wide foundations ; Build it skyward stone by stone. It is ours, not to slave in, But to master and to own, While the union makes us strong.
They have taken untold milions That they never toiled to earn, But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn, We can break their haughty power, Gain our freedom when we learned That the union makes us strong.
In our hands is placed a power Greater than their hoarded gold, Greater than the might of atoms, Magnified a thousanfold We can bring to birth a new world From the ashes of the old For the union makes us strong.