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An anthem for the Occupy movement?

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posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 09:45 AM
If there was to be an anthem for the occupy, what do you think it should be. I'm not proposing there should be one, but which song do you think signifies what the Occupy movement stands for, and could quite happily be their anthem?

I'm going to go for the song written by a man named Leon Rosselson called World turned upside down. It was written about a movent in England in the 1600s which took place on St Georges Hill (Surrey). The Diggers were people who just wanted the right to live off the land and support themselves. But they were squashed at every turn. They were against the landlords who tried to tell them that they had to pay to live on the earth, and they refused to live by the laws which were forced upon them. This is Billy Braggs take on the song, there are loads of people who have done covers, I like this one. (and I do believe he's sung this song at the bank of ideas - occupy london)

Ironically/sadly, St Georges hill is now a golf course surrounded by very wealthy people.

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 the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs

We come in peace they said
To dig and sow
We come to work the lands in common
And to make the waste ground grow
This earth divided
We will make whole
So it will be
A common treasury for all

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
Mow everywhere the walls
Spring up at their command

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 feed the rich
While poor folk starve

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

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

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
edit on 11/12/2011 by Acidtastic because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 09:59 AM
I think this should be their anthem.

posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 10:06 AM
I would go with this one from Immortal Technique

(little bit of swearing)

This one is pretty good at pointing out all the messed up stuff too

Love the one line in this song ....

Government ties, is really why the government lies.

Read it yourself instead of asking a government why

posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 10:53 AM
This would be a good anthem.

posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 02:35 PM
Ha, my song is already getting sung at Occupy protests. here is Billy Bragg outside St Pauls at Occupy London singing a few songs (world turned upside down is at about 4:15) And if you care to search, Leon Rossleson has also sung it at the protests.

Looks like most people already know the words too.

posted on Dec, 12 2011 @ 09:06 PM

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