Union Workers' Anthem

Adam Wollenburg (left) and Tony Dooley
Adam Wollenburg (left) and Tony Dooley

Decades ago, there was a grand tradition of labor songs. Proud union members didn’t have to look hard to find a relevant (and great) pro-union song by Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger.

In recent years, new singer/songwriters have tried their hand at writing labor songs. Tom Morello and Billy Bragg are doing great things, but Adam Wollenburg and Tony Dooley think there’s still lots of work to be done—and labor songs yet to be written.

Wollenburg, singer/guitarist and songwriter, and Dooley, co-writer, currently live in Southern Minnesota. They have been writing songs together for almost a decade. Wollenburg is a former union member of and Dooley is a retired member of Teamsters Local 320. Wollenburg began writing “Union Workers’ Anthem” in Nashville. When he moved back to Minnesota and brought the song to Dooley, they finished crafting it together.

For a full biography of Wollenburg and to hear “Union Workers’ Anthem,” visit www.reverbnation.com/adamwaynewollenburg.

Dooley and Wollenburg were kind enough to send lyrics of “Union Workers’ Anthem” to Teamster magazine. Here they are:

 
I’m Dead Beat
This Jobs Got The Best Of Me
Been Killing My Back
From Working Six Days A Week
Were Understaffed And Underpaid
And Walking On That Thin Tight Wire
 
Union Workers We Need Help
Production Is Slowing Down
Way Way Down
The Markets Took A Punch
There’s Insufficient Funds
Concessions For Everyone
Union Workers Join As One
We Need To Get The Job Done
We’re Union Workers Under The Gun
 
Unity
Solidarity
Were Stronger Than One Man
Coming Together Working Hand and Hand
Were Union Workers And Together We Stand
 
Bills Are Tough
Plus The Price Of Food Clothes And Gas
In God We Trust That This Paychecks Not Our Last
Everyone Here Is So Afraid Just Walking
On That Thin Tight Wire
 
Union Workers We Need Help
Production Is Slowing Down
Way Way Down
The Markets Took A Punch
There’s Insufficient Funds
Concessions For Everyone
Union Workers Join As One
We Need To Get The Job Done
Were Union Workers Under The Gun
 
Unity
Solidarity
Were Stronger Than One Man
Coming Together Working Hand and Hand
We’re Union Workers And Together We Stand
 
We’re Union Workers