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Cliff McGann Lyr Req: World Turned Upside Down (9) Lyr Add: THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (Rosselson) 07 May 98

Is this the one. One of the first songs I ever performed live. I remember singing it in an ATM in St. John's, NF because the acoustics with were good before heading to the folk club to do it in front of the audience. People always complain that I sing too many songs about how the English mistreated the Irish and Scots. Well here's one about how they mistreated their own.

As recorded by Leon Rosselson on "RosselSonGs" (1990)

1. 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 dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs.

2. We come in peace, they said, to dig and sow.
We come to work the lands in common and to make the waste grounds grow.
This earth divided we will make whole,
So it will be a common treasury for all.

3. 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.

4. 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 folks starve.

5. 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, though we are poor.
You Diggers all, stand up for glory; stand up now.

6. 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.

7. 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.
We come in peace; the orders came to cut them down.

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