I have been a radical for fifty years and moreStood against the rich and greedyFor the workers and the poorFrom Canada to Mexico I traveled everywhereWherever trouble called me, I was thereLike stitches in a crazy quilt that women piece and sewWherever there was suffering, I was bound to goWith angry words for cowardice, comfort for despairWhenever help was needed, I was there

I was there in the depressionsWhen times were at their worstBut we had them where we wantedLike a dam about to burstWith fire in our bellies, revolution in the airFor a moment we saw clearly—I was thereThere were times I saw the issuesIn quite a different lightAnd old friends turned against meBut I never left the fightWhen stones were in my passwayAnd the road ...

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