"We Got the Power" as written by and Greg Harges....
Yeah, we got the power, let's do it tonight!
The power, tonight we got a cause and we know
That it's right, a cause to fight
Yeah, we got the numbers, let's do it tonight!
The numbers, alright!
Yeah, we got the power, got the power tonight!
We got the power tonight!

Nineteen men were tried and fired
August twenty sixth through twenty ninth
For violation of rule thirty five
The forbidden right to organize
They suffered the loss of their
Livelihood that night, that night!

A city in terror on the thin blue line
A thousand plus walked off the job to
Support their brothers 'cause
The anti union prohibition clause
Demanded loyalty at any price
On the thin blue line
On the thin blue line
On the thin blue line

Nineteen men were tried and fired
August twenty sixth through twenty ninth
For violation of rule thirty five
The forbidden right to organize
They suffered the loss of their
Livelihood that night, that night!

For violation of rule thirty five
The forbidden right to organize
They suffered the loss of their
Livelihood that night


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"We Got the Power" as written by Greg Harges

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    General Commenthey dropkick rover you've got down the basics of this song. this song is about the boston police strike which occured in 1919. Officers wanted to form a union, in hearing of this Edwin Curtis (police commisioner) ammended Rule 35 of the departments Rules and Regulations by barring officers from creating a union. on August 26 and 29, 19 officers were on trial for breaking Rule 35, including the president of the union and other members. After the trials nearly 3/4 of the police force walked out in protest (1,117 of them). the officers were defeateed when Curtis hired a whole new force. heres the details: schrag.info/research/…
    -brown
    browntown13on July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised that no one has wrote anything about this yet because the song is great. The way I see it (I don't know any actual details about what happened; just what I hear in the music) 19 men were fired from their jobs for violating a rule that prohibited unions in probably a factory (once again I'm not sure exactly what this is about). What the bosses figured was that they would make an example of these guys but instead the entire factory took to the streets in protest and the bosses called in the cops. I figure the cop part because of the "thin blue line" part in the song but once again I'm not entirely sure what event this is about so anyone who knows anything should post here and help me if I fucked it up.
    Dropkick_Roveron May 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh and the thin blue line is basically the border, it denotes the final barrier between citizens and chaos; civilization and Hobbesian brutality.
    browntown13on July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIsn't the blue line the police? (Although the police are a barrier preventing chaos and anarchy in a way)
    RABicleon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSweet! Thanks alot. It's been bugging me every time I hear this song.
    Dropkick_Roveron December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, my band played this and all their other pro-worker songs when my dad's union was locked out.
    hunterfalconon January 29, 2006   Link

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