I pulled the stones for the emperor,
Stacked 'em up and made that wall
I thought, a mountain lasts forever
But the rain must always fall
I worked the mines in Chile
For conquistador
Died there in the pitshaft,
Joined my family with the ore
I tapped the trees for Leopold,
And then he took my hands
The sap sailed to Brussels
And my blood stained the lands
I cut down the sugar cane
On the islands off the coast
Oh but the sweet taste of freedom
Is the stuff I love the most

Tell me who am I
Do you know my name
Will I lie forgotten
Or arise in glory and fame

I fought with Poncho Villa,
Stood with him side by side
When the Bluecoats took the land,
I thought how long is freedom's ride
I was there at Haymarket
With the martyrs eight
For striking in Chicago,
Death would have to be my fate
I cut the timber in Centralia,
Nearly broke my back
Tried to organize a union
And they tied me to the tracks
I fought in Barcelona,
Kept the fascists there at bay
Then when Hitler's tanks came rolling in,
I knew we couldn't stay

Tell me who am I
Do you know my name
Will I lie forgotten
Or arise in glory and fame

I mined the ore in Arizona,
Last of the Navajo
Got the radium a-glowin'
Then it was time for me to go
I marched in South Africa,
Found myself in Sharpeville
Once the police came and went
I was lying oh so still
I campaigned for Allende
For a nation without fear
Didn't look behind me
For the day I'd disappear
I spoke at Tienanmen
To revive the revolution
Didn't think for Deng Xiaoping,
Rolling tanks were his solution

Tell me who am I
Do you know my name
Will I lie forgotten
Or arise in glory and fame

I grew the mangoes in Somalia
For the people in the west
And when the price for fruit went down,
I went down starving with the rest
I worked the plant in Bangkok,
Breathed the dusty air
When the cotton started burning,
I knew my life would not be spared
The cops beat me in Los Angeles
But I would not be scared
When they sent the Army in,
I thought next time we'll be prepared
Yes I've been yearning for a new day,
All the world wide
Someday my time will come
And you will have to step aside

Tell me who am I
Do you know my name
Will I lie forgotten
Or arise in glory and fame


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Glory and Fame song meanings
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