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Glory and Fame Lyrics David Rovics


David Rovics - Glory and Fame Songtext

I pulled the stones for the emperor, stacked 'em up and made that wall
I thought, a mountain lasts forever but the rain must always fall
I worked the mines in Chile for conquistador
Died there in the pitshaft, joined my family with the ore

I tapped the trees for Leopold, and then he took my hands
The sap sailed to Brussels and my blood stained the lands
I cut down the sugar cane on the islands off the coast
Oh but the sweet taste of freedom is the stuff that I love most

Tell me who am I
Do you know my name
Will I lie forgotton
Or arise in glory and fame

I fought with Pancho Villa, stood with him side by side
When the Bluecoats took the land, I thought how long is freedom's ride
I was there at Haymarket with the martyrs eight
For striking in Chicago, death would have to be my fate

I cut the timber in Centralia, nearly broke my back
Tried to organize a union and they tied me to the tracks
I fought in Barcelona, kept the fascists there at bay
Then when Hitler's tanks came rolling, I knew we couldn't stay


I mined the ore in Arizona, last of the Navajo
Got that radium a-glowin' then it was time for me to go
I marched in South Africa, found myself in Sharpeville
Once the police came and went I was lying oh so still

I campaigned for Allende for a nation without fear
Didn't look behind me for the day I'd disappear
I spoke at Tiananmen to revive the revolution
Didn't think for Deng Xiaoping, rolling tanks were his solution


I grew the mangos in Somalia for the people in the west
And when the price of fruit went down, I went down starving with the rest
I worked the plant in Bangkok, breathed the dusty air
When the cotton started burning, I knew my life would not be spared

The cops beat me in Los Angeles but I would not be scared
When they sent the Army in, I thought next time we'll be prepared
Yes I've been yearning for a new day, all the world wide
Some day my time will come and you will have to step aside

Teile diesen Songtext
  • 01 The Boston Burglar
  • 02 Make It so
  • 03 People Used To
  • 04 If You Love the Water, Let it Rain
  • 05 Vigilante Man
  • 06 Song of the Rail
  • 07 The Bicycle Song
  • 08 Field of Summer's Gold
  • 09 In the Eyes of Hollywood
  • 10 In the Heat of the Summer
  • 11 Bluegrass Fiddler of London
  • 12 Me and My Uncle
  • 13 Only Our Rivers Run Free
  • 14 Talkin' Union
  • 15 Enola Gay
  • 16 Whiskey-Drinkin' Mama
  • 17 Ghost Dance Lullaby
  • 18 Big Rock Candy Mountains
  • 19 Glory and Fame
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