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"The Red Flag" by Jim Connell

The lyrics  . . .

The people's flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead,
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts blood dyed its every fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.  (chorus)
Within its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.

Look round, the Frenchman loves its blaze,
The sturdy German chants its praise,
In Moscow's vaults its hymns are sung
Chicago swells the surging throng.

It waved above our infant might,
When all ahead seemed dark as night;
It witnessed many a deed and vow,
We must not change its colour now.

It well recalls the triumphs past,
It gives the hope of peace at last;
The banner bright, the symbol plain,
Of human right and human gain.

It suits today the weak and base,
Whose minds are fixed on pelf and place
To cringe before the rich man's frown,
And haul the sacred emblem down.

With heads uncovered swear we all
To bear it onward till we fall;
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim,
This song shall be our parting hymn.

There are new recordings of both the Tannebaum and the White Cockade versions of the song on the new CD Songs of Irish Labour  made by Bread and Roses Productions  and recorded at Dublin City University as part of the whole labour songs project / website.   For information on how to buy the CD, click here.

For new recordings of the song on the web, but not on the CD, click here for the mp2 sound files.
Tannenbaum version as recorded by Jimmy Kelly on 18-5-98
                                    as recorded by Jimmy Kelly, Johnny Flood and Martin Whelan on 18-10-98
                                    as recorded by Martin Whelan on 19-7-98
The White Cockade version as recorded by Des Geraghty on 18-10-98

All recordings produced by Helena Sheehan / sound engineering by Eoin Sweeney and Colin Patterson.

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This website is constructed by  Helena Sheehan.   Some related  websites by HS:

Has the red flag fallen ?
European socialism: a blind alley or a long and winding road ?
Grand narratives then and now : 150 years after the communist manifesto
The fate of marxism
Marxism and the philosophy of science: a critical history
World views

E-mail about the website: helena.sheehan@dcu.ie

E-mail for the Jim Connell Memorial Committee:  cdkeane@iol.ie

E-mail for Bread and Roses Productions:  breadandroses2@dcu.ie