Rachel Garlin

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Song for 1935

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Rachel Garlin

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Hearing Dust Bowl Ballads on Victor Recordings

Clear as His Master’s Voice

While Margaret Sanger went door to door

And Iceland legalized choice

 

FDR was president , The Wagner Act was sign and sent

So workers had a place to go

Then a dozen leaders from the labor movement came together

To initiate the C.I.O.

 

1935 was a good year

For workers establishing rights (from wrongs)

A long way to go and we’re still in the struggle

And that’s why we carry it on

That’s why we carry it on

 

Jackie Robinson, a freshman in high school

Started to make his name

Ten years later, a boy on a bike sold sodas

For tickets to see those games

 

Meanwhile in the countryside, the rivers were a dusty ride

So Woody Guthrie sailed his songs and creed

Then he rambled down a mired road, inspired folks to share the load

“This Land was Made for You and Me”

 

So 1935 was a good year . . .

 

Across the pond in the world of the motor car

The first SS Jaguar was named

A hundred miles from Stranraer on the River Clyde

HMS Queen Mary was union made

 

So 1935 was a good year

For workers establishing rights (from wrongs)

A long way to go and we’re still in the struggle

And that’s why we carry it on, that’s why we carry it on

And that’s why we carry it, 80 years strong

That’s why we carry it on

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