Never Cross a Picket Line
Billy Bragg Lyrics


Five hundred men sacked for refusing
To ever cross a picket line
The voices down the ages warning
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Two years gone by but still they never
Ever cross a picket line
With their wives and children they stand together
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away out west to San Francisco
Look away, look away
Look away down south to Sydney Harbour
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

Technically this is an illegal strike
Never cross a picket line
But technically workers have no rights
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Oh, I want to live in a Brand New Britain
Never cross a picket line
Where workers rights are enshrined and written
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away out west to San Diego
Look away, look away
Look away out east to far Osaka
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

The Tories are gone but there's no improvement
Never cross a picket line
Now where is the might of the Labour movement
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away down south to Auckland City
Look away, look away
Look away out west to old Vancouver
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

Where the dockers have realised
You must never cross a picket line

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Max Ayling

Five hundred men sacked for refusing
To ever cross a picket line
The voices down the ages warning
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Two years gone by but still they never
Ever cross a picket line
With their wives and children they stand together
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away out west to San Francisco
Look away, look away
Look away down south to Sydney Harbour
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

Technically this is an illegal strike
Never cross a picket line
But technically workers have no rights
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Oh, I want to live in a Brand New Britain
Never cross a picket line
Where workers rights are enshrined and written
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away out west to San Diego
Look away, look away
Look away out east to far Osaka
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

The Tories are gone but there's no improvement
Never cross a picket line
Now where is the might of the Labour movement
Never cross a picket line
You must never cross a picket line

Look away, look away
Look away down south to Auckland City
Look away, look away
Look away out west to old Vancouver
Where the dockers have organised
The world's longest picket line

Where the dockers have realised
You must never cross a picket line



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Lyrics to my song on utube.
Foodbank on the corner.

Theres a foodbank on the corner
Of every slum estate
The common flag of freedom
Torched at the factory gate
Bedroom tax a killer Atos medicals sick
The black magicians in downing street are planning there next trick.

Homeless and hungry destitute
To be
This is England in 1863
This is England in 2020

Theres a ship yard in Newcastle
Feeling sorry for its self
Flatcaps and welding masks
Lay dusty on the shelf
Where the flags of freedom used to fly thetes a nail bar across the road reflecting in its window pane
The glory days of old..
Chorus.
Midd8
3rd verse outro

If u like this have a listen to mine. 😁



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Ben M.

Solidarity with the workers today at Amazon, Target, Whole Foods, Instacart, Walmart, and FedEx!

JSchroet

I'd never cross a picket line. I'd rather die then be a scab!

Mr Coomer

Sasho the Nomad no such thing as “right” only oppinion and weather its good or not depends on the person

Sasho Radoulov

Tony Ves My arguments all got tangled up through a weird segment of misunderstandings, man. Disregard all of that.

Tony Ves

@Sasho Radoulov Which boils down to: a democratic election victory is suspect because of the Nazis. Sigh.

Tony Ves

@Sasho Radoulov Spare us. You're saying that Blair's victories were suspect because the Nazis won in the '30s? Silly.

Tony Ves

@Peter Hall You want to re-open the mines? That'll go down well with your erstwhile friends who no doubt are all climatologists now. LOL.

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Lizzie Twelvetree

As an lbgtqai+ socialist I stand with my historical fellows in standing, never crossing, a picket line

Joseph Friel

They seem to add a letter on every year

Shibuya

@1997lordofdoom : And you are obviously enough of a dickhead to believe that Zim is Communist? Lol! Moron.

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