Bertolt Brecht

(10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956 / Augsburg)

United Front Song


And because a man is human
He'll want to eat, and thanks a lot
But talk can't take the place of meat
or fill an empty pot.

So left, two, three!
So left, two, three!
Comrade, there's a place for you.
Take your stand in the workers united front
For you are a worker too.

And because a man is human
he won't care for a kick in the face.
He doesn't want slaves under him
Or above him a ruling class.

So left, two, three!
So left, two, three!
Comrade, there's a place for you.
Take your stand in the workers united front
For you are a worker too.

And because a worker's a worker
No one else will bring him liberty.
It's nobody's work but the worker' own
To set the worker free.

So left, two, three!
So left, two, three!
Comrade, there's a place for you.
Take your stand in the workers united front
For you are a worker too.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (12/4/2009 12:39:00 AM)

    This is a lesser known version of the far more famous Brecht/Eisler Solidarity song. The first verse is reminiscent of Brecht's line in the Threepenny Opera, 'Erst kompt das Fressen, dann komp die Moral' -first grub, then the moralising.
    The idea behind the last verse comes from the Communist Manifesto, 'workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.' In the C19 many in factories and elsewhere worked for a pittance, making huge profits for their capitalist bosses whilst nearly starving themselves.
    It is no coincidence that President Obama, who knows his history, is in favour of profit sharing. (Report) Reply

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