The World Turned Upside Down

from It's A Beautiful Future by The Rebel Spell

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by Leon Rosselson
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 lands in common
And to make the waste ground 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 feeds the rich
While poor men starve

We work we eat together
We need no swords
We will not bow to the masters
Or pay rent to the lords
Still we are free men
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
We come in peace the orders came to cut them down

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from It's A Beautiful Future, released February 15, 2011
by Leon Rosselson

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