The World Turned Upside Down - Billy Bragg

    In 1649
    To St. Georges Hill
    A ragged band they called the Diggers
    Come to show the peoples will
    They defied the landlords
    They defied the law
    They were the dispossessed
    Reclaiming what was theirs

    'We come in peace' they said
    'To dig and sow
    We come to work the land in common
    And to make the waste land grow
    This earth divided
    We will make whole
    So it can be
    A common treasury for all

    The sin of property
    We do disdain
    No one has any right to buy and sell
    The earth for private gain
    By theft and murder
    They took the land
    Now everywhere the walls
    Rise up at their command

    They make the laws
    To chain us well
    The clergy dazzle us with heaven
    Or they damn us into hell
    We will not worship
    The God they serve
    The God of greed who feeds the rich
    While poor men starve

    We work, we eat together
    We need no swords
    We will not bow to masters
    Or pay rent to the lords
    We are free men
    Though we are poor
    You diggers all stand up for glory
    Stand up now

    From the men of property
    The orders came
    They sent the hired men and troopers
    To wipe out the Diggers' claim
    Tear down their cottages
    Destroy their corn
    They were dispersed
    But still the vision lingers on

    You poor take courage
    You rich take care
    This earth was made a common treasury
    For everyone to share
    All things in common
    All people one
    We come in peace -
    The order came to cut them down


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