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Billy Bragg The World Turned Upside Down Lyrics

Last updated: 09/30/2014 03:43:51 PM

In 1649
To St. George’s Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Came to show the people’s will
They defied the landlords
They defied the laws
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 wasteland grow
This earth divided
We will make whole
So it will be
A common treasury for all

The sin of property
We do disdain
No man has any right to buy and sell
The earth for private gain
By theft and murder
They took the land
Now everywhere the walls
Spring 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 feed the rich
While poor men starve

We work we eat together
We need no swords
We will not bow to the masters
Nor pay rent to the lords
Still we are free
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
You Diggers all
Stand up for glory
Stand up now!

Thanks to Lin Scarrow for submitting The World Turned Upside Down Lyrics.

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Leon Rosselson wrote this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/29/14

Billy Bragg lopped off the original last two lines, replaced them with a
fist-raising refrain of the one before them, and made the song popular with millions of people the first round of which were
fans who could not read, and the rest of whom never knew. This is one of the worst incidents of this kind of erasure I've ever witnessed.

keep the hope | Reviewer: Lorelei | 8/25/07

I love the lyrics to this - the song is written by Leon Rosselson, who has many good songs. Billy's honest rendition is perfect; it fills me with fierce indignation, and feeds my determination to resist the greed of the powerful and corrupt.