Bloody Thursday was July 5th
The pigs killed three workers
Harry Bridges grabbed the mic
The city shut down on July 6th
The workers were outraged
It was a general strike
The media claimed that the commies
Were taking over and some believed it was true
Three uncompromising strikes paved the way
Minnesota, San Francisco, Toledo


Over and over again
The doors are locked and the windows are broken


Eddie worked for General Motors
He swore he'd never lose his job again
A union man who owned his own home
In beautiful Flint, Michigan
Eddie lost his job and Eddie lost his wife
So Eddie lost his self esteem
Last time I saw Eddie
He was living in a trailor park again


Over and over again
The doors are locked and the windows are broken


I believe that Eddie forgave too much too soon
I got a letter about Eddie
It was bad news


Over and over again
The doors are locked and the windows are broken


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    General CommentIt's a slightly depressing song lyrically, but musically it gives me good vibes. I dig this song alot.
    SRDirtyon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWho ist Harry Bridges?
    Punkfather666on August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti believe harry bridges is a fictional character
    RejEkTon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNo, he's real - I dont know many details, but he was a union leader in the 30s or thereabouts, and he rallyed up the workforce (dock workers i think) and make a stand against their shitty working conditions. During one of their pickets the police opened fire into a crowd and killed three of them. Thats all I know, but its better than nothing, eh?
    WavinGerbson April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHarry bridges was a longshore man labour leader on the west coast. One july 5th bloddy thrusday, the long shore man were on strike. Back than it was a common thing for the police to force people bad to work when they stirked, well harry stood up and said they wouldn't go back to work. The police were on the take and the longshore mans bosses demanded imate action. The police fired into the the stirkers another common practice, and killed 3 of them. The next day harry said they were haveing a funeral for the three men and all the long shoreman were going they were gonna walk the bodies through the twon to the cemitray. The police cheaf said he would not alow it. The next day the whole city went on a general strike in support of the long shore man and the dead workers. Harry shut the city down for the furneral, and the police did nothing. The strike went on and the longshore man prevaled in the end.

    Harry went on as a labour leader of the long shore man, and was later distoryed by te rumors he was a communinist.

    Theres a great story story about harry and his long shore man i don't know if it is ture or even about harry now that i;m thinking of it. But one day the nazis came into port befor america was at war with them, and harry and his long shoreman said they wouldn't serve no fasiousist. Topld them to load the bouts them selves and get off their docks and never come back. He was a great man.

    Other great punk songs about labour leaders, and long shore man labour leaders, is on the docks by the drop kick murphies.
    PUNKEDon May 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sooo f'n good, it's kinda laid back but tim really makes it sound like he was best friends with this guy. It makes his plight very beleivable. I do have a question though.. In the lyric's it said Harry was a union worker in Flint, MI, but PUNKED posted that he worked on docks on the west coast, where did you find your info? I was thinking about looking it up, 'cause I grew up in Flint and wanted to know if this was a true incedent. Not tryin' to disrespect you PUNKED.
    nstempon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhups, I ment the character Eddie.. Does anyone know if these are true stories? I tend to believe that Rancid actually write about real ppl and don't just make up stories.. like most groups do!
    nstempon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Eddie" could be a friend, or he could just be one of thousands of people in that situation. I've always perceived he's speaking of the latter.
    BrokenRepublicon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i think they're just using the semi-fictional character 'eddie' to represent one of the people in that situation.
    KC.punxon January 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this has to be the only time Flint has ever been referred to as "beautiful."
    Correcton December 13, 2008   Link

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