Monday, September 03, 2007


A Labor Day tribute

On this Labor Day, with the bodies of six mineworkers still buried underground in Utah as a result of the latest "free-market" tragedy, a song about one of the first major blows against the power of unions and working people, the Taft-Hartley act, and about the proper and necessary response of working people to such assaults, symbolized by the refrain:
Mr. Taft can dig it, Mr. Hartley can haul it,
'cause I'm gonna' leave it in the ground
Charlie King's "Taft-Hartley," from his 1979 album "Somebody's Story," inspired by the 110-day coal strike of 1977-1978:

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