Left Archive: Songs of the Workers – A Socialist Party Publication, Socialist Party of ireland, 1975 August 12, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Socialist Party of Ireland (SPI).
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This pamphlet was published the SPI in 1975. As noted in the Introduction:
The songs reproduced in this book show various aspects of the continuing struggle between the working class and the capitalists, whether employers or landlords. The SP believes that the international nature of the workers’ struggle needs particular emphasis in Ireland today, where so many organisations exist, who would again lead us into the blind alley of nationalism.
And it continues:
The fight for socialism, for human rights and decent standards is international. As James Connolly said – “the workers of all countries are my fellow patriots, the capitalist of my own country is my natural enemy”.
Music and songs have an important part to play in the battle for socialism. They are invaluable in building confidence and strengthening class solidarity as well as in combating the attitudes of the exploiters.
Many of the songs are accompanied by brief explanations as to their historical and political provenance and the selection is wide.