Stand for Something or Stand for Nothing

Wanna be a blawger?  Then have something to say.  If you have nothing to say, then you don’t really exist.

From Jim Chen at BigMoneyLaw (formerly MoneyLaw until I learned how much a dean earns), a reminder that there were no neutrals in Harlan County.

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there.
You’ll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair.

Which side are you on, boys, which side are you on?

Written by Florence Reece in 1931, and performed by Pete Seeger (H/T Moshe Glickman and Joel “ Jdog” Rosenberg).

You don’t have to be a wobbly.  You don’t have to be Rockefeller.  You just have to be something. There are no excuses.

8 thoughts on “Stand for Something or Stand for Nothing

  1. mglickman

    Why’d he attribute the lyrics to Natalie Merchant – the most recent cover? I heard it by the Dropkick Murphys, but it was written by the wife of a union organizer in 1931.

  2. SHG

    He must have attributed the performance to Natalie Merchant, not the lyrics, though I can’t explain why there’s no attribution for the song itself.  If you have the name of the writer, please let me know and I’ll add it in.

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