Merchant, Natalie - Which Side Are You On? Lyrics

Come all you good workers
Good news to you I'll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
He's now in the air and sun
He'll be with you fellow workers
Until the battle's won

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J. H. Claire

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

Oh workers can you stand it?
Oh tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

Don't scab for the bosses
Don't listen to their lies
Poor folks ain't got a chance
Unless they organize

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

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Merchant, Natalie Which Side Are You On? Comments
  1. malcolm scally

    we are together or we are apart.

  2. Parner Vernor


  3. Munguard

    why is it that when women do a cover song it always becomes a slowed down folk song?

  4. Kristin The Heyoka

    Proletariat Solidarity Comrades!!!

  5. Allysa Murphy

    Okay, that inkblot looks like a sad puppy in the belly of a happy bug flipping everyone off... the rich and lazy consuming the poor and workers?

    Allysa Murphy

    Or, maybe the inevitable takeover of workers consuming the dogs playing cards. I don't know.

  6. Ian Werden

    Billy Bragg's version is equally stirring! It's easy to find.

  7. kape kape

    Here because I just like music

  8. jean fossatti
    I believe the panopticon band has a more reality-friendly footprint

  9. Coverage Awareness Studio

    Everyone unite... it's no longer about workers, it's about the success of the human race... which side are you on?

  10. morghoul mutilera

    no more this and that and maybe's and we ll see...FUCK THAT WHICH IDE ARE U ON?

  11. Madeline Roberts

    Folks, we need to share the heck out of this song! We are are war. Which side are YOU on?

  12. ifthethunderdontgetya ™³²®©

    Bernie2020 MedicareForAll

  13. Satan

    Its a writhing ecstasy that crawls deep in your meat. Broody and dark and real just snaking around ya. Love songs like these

  14. Gay Broshevik

    Richard Ojeda, Preacher Seth vibes right now! Yeehaw!!!!!

  15. Brian Garrow

    It's May 1st, 2019. Sisters and brothers unite! Down with robber baron oligarchs!

  16. DM McHugh

    Incredibly powerful cover rendition.

    Solidarity 4ever and May Day greetings to all workers of the world.

  17. L5D

    με τους ανθρωπους εισαι ή με τους αλλους??

  18. Sana omar

    i m with me . i dont pick sides . i pick sights , those which does not block my horizon .

    Demiurge Shadow

    If you are for you then you should automatically be against them who are not for your interests.

  19. Buenaventura Durruti

    There will be no justice for the martyrs of the working class until we tear down this decaying and decrepit capitalist order. And until then, their struggle will continue by our hands.

  20. Northy

    Addictive song 👍🏻

  21. Daniel Greenberg

    This is beautiful
    Solidarity forever!

  22. terry williams

    To hell with all unions.. workers are communist useful idiots.. employees are the people who work for a living and get paid what they aren't worth.. not lazy union slugs that don't earn a third of there wage wake up people..

  23. Solange Azong


  24. Dgeny flore CLERVIL

    Who else?????

  25. Ian Werden

    Three asides to song...1) I'm a drummer and the drum performance on this song is amazing!!
    2) check out billy Bragg's version of this. Different lyrics, but still awesome.
    3) she's getting a bit Eddie
    Vedder near the end!!.
    Anyway, cheers.

  26. TheLummer66

    natalie merchant's voice stirs the soul

  27. A Dunbar

    One of the best anthems for Labor Day.

  28. evocative01

    holy shit. i do see the koala.

  29. 9emma1234

    Absolutely beautiful.

  30. khalled xd


  31. This username has already been taken

    "If we have to starve this town for 40 days and 40 nights so God makes himself present so be it!"

  32. Prottimus

    Anyone else see a Koala in the Inkblot?

    Jacob Sharpe

    Prottimus I see a bulldog!


    holy shit. i do see the koala. lmao

  33. medviation

    We the people, the union men, united, will never be defeated.

    terry williams

    Unions create lazy slugs. Down with all Unions there useless.


    @terry williams name one achievement that benefits workers that wasn't fought for by a union? Wages, healthcare, time off, workplace safety, protection from unlawful termination all results from union blood. I'll wait for your contribution...

  34. Comrade Soros

    Real American heroes are the ones who gave their lives on Blair Mountain and waged class war against the Capitalist rulling class in this country. We as the working class have been beaten, bombed, hung, shot, thrown in prison, and have had our so called "inalienable" rights stripped from us time and again by this system. We can't ever let the bastards up top win. We have to fight back against their bigoted division of the working class, against their propaganda and against their subjugation of us. Working men and women of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!


    Please tell us about the contributions of the IWW in the specific struggle, we are dying to know ;)

    DB Photography

    Yes...the land of stugles and freedom....slaves..discrimination..ellis island....we are touched.

    Demiurge Shadow

    @PermaKulHurTur most benefits you receive in first world capitalism is due to worker revolutions. Look up things like the hayday massacre and Hartford coal mine riots. Don't lick the boots that stamp on your throat. It'll do you no good. Unless you are the boot..

    Kristin The Heyoka

    YES Solidarity Comrade

  35. Mustafa Kaygusuz

    Damnation izleyenler buraya gelir

  36. Gonzalo Barreton

    Damnation brought me here. What a great series

  37. Trexalas Anonymos

    O υμνος των Συριζαιων και αλλων...δημοκρατικων δυναμεων...μεχρι να γινουν κυβερνηση!

    Parner Vernor

    Καληνύχτα!!τι κρίμα που πρέπει να κοιμηθουμε ταυτόχρονα πολύ κρίμα

  38. Jacob Sharpe

    A beautiful version of a pro union song!

    JMagdalenaCLove Nname N

    Jacob Sharpe pro strike not union. Government needs to regulate employers to make it fair for employees. Higher pay and benefits a must now and paid time off. And 20 hrs is plenty for full time. 40 hrs is way. To much work. Less gree less working more money

    JMagdalenaCLove Nname N

    Less really is more. Strike on all businesses whose revenue is over 1 million per year. Minimum wage should b based on companies revenue so varies frim company to company small business dont pay taxes anymore and no more labor taxes. They need all their revenue to pay their employees and have benefits. Theres not enough money to pay illegal labor taxes.

    Jacob Sharpe

    What's wrong with striking for fair wages?? Have you ever been in a labour Unions??

  39. Equipe do Terror !

    *Musica Muito boa , **#DamNation*

  40. Maarten Mauritsz


  41. jazziz09

    DAMNATION brought me here !

  42. notioSyndikato rash

    no fucking neutrals!!!

  43. Carlos Vasconcellos

    love this.. i am here cause of Dead Prez

  44. GooKoo Johnson

    Binge watching Damnation, been chasing this song ever since!

  45. Mira Belle

    Communists deserve the bullet

    forgotten lurker

    The bourgeois deserve the guillotine.

    The guitar playing loser

    Ill take that bullet. Itll show the people who the real monsters are.


    You call unions communist because it helps you hate their achievement. You've fallen victim to the propaganda working against your best interest.

    Foivos Theofilopoulos

    crawl back to 4chan you bronie

    mutualist dude

    Hahaa you wont sjoot the eight mutualists prepare for war.

  46. Poison Ivey

    Who thumbs downed this?!?! I will fight you!


    Some scabs somewhere I bet

    Gay Broshevik

    Fucking Conservatards who love suckin Cop dick. Who the fuck else would it be???

  47. WildwoodClaire1

    It's time for a rebirth of working class spirit. Billionaire gangsters have taken over our government and just awarded themselves the biggest tax break in history. They think we're just equipment, so much shit to be easily replaced when we break down and they're not about to spend a penny more than they must to take care of us when we get sick or old or just used up. And they think YOUR children don't deserve anything more than chattel slavery to their unspeakable spawn.

    Kevin S

    You are just equipment to be used until your broken.

  48. Julius Caesar

    "Solidarity Forever" ja das Verkeri!

  49. LeeAnn Elkins


  50. Leo97

    Damnation 😍

  51. Tie Phillips

    I’m here because of Damnation

    Uashookone Caesar

    TieSpillsTheTea bro I’m fuck up

    Demiurge Shadow

    Im here cause I'm a prole.

    Gay Broshevik

    Same. I'm here because I'm Working Class, a Socialist AND PROUD.

    Gay Broshevik

    Lol they need to come out with the Second Season already!!!

  52. Ayo Tunde



    Ayo Tunde best show ever, maybe exept breaking bad



  53. JaneJeffer


  54. Nuno Rodriguez

    Damnation is a killer show

  55. BDRS

    unboxholics fellows !!!!!!!!

  56. Xristos Apostolidis

    Unboxholics bring me here!


    katoura kai ligo

  57. LizardHeadTV

    Η Μαμα Σακης με εφερε 'δω.

  58. Tsampikos Karahs

    Unboxholics !!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. Basilis Karounias


  60. Ilias Mers

    UH RE !! <3


    xoo re!! :P

  61. Bob Robert

    Take it tongue in cheek or literally depending on your bent. Either way it's a haunting ballad.

    Anna Sefalik

    Look up the history of the song. It's not "tongue in cheek." It's deadly serious.

  62. Dimitris Kokkos

    18/5, μερα ψηφισης του 4ου...στα 18 μου χρόνια, δεν το εχω νιωσει πιο επικαιρο

    Greek Communism

    Dimitris Kokkos και για αυτό ψηφίζουμε κκε για την Εργατική τάξη

  63. martinskanal

    Congratulations on this day all ya struggling people

  64. skotiskiller

    Workers of the World UNITE!
    greetings from Greece.


    Do not ever give up, Comrades!

    morghoul mutilera

    Πολέμα ρε μαλάκα τι σου ζητάνε?

    Greg Hanson

    skotiskiller UNITE or die. Worker’s rights above all else

    Ben Gass

    leteccz fuck off.


    Greetings from Russia!

  65. Thanos Murphy

    solidarity for all the fellow workers out there

    Cathal Ó Diubháin

    power to the workingclass


    Thanos Murphy : we need it now more than ever

    nick sano

    its sad that after nearly 80 years of the fought by FDR for union rights during his campaigns and administrations that this song has never once become irrelevant. union should be here and no less regulations must be met safety must be up held and our world should be as clean as i can possibly be unions help this greatly you have a voice contact your local workers union leader and advocates you can change this but only if you pursue it if you want this bad enough you can, we can, we all should be able to find the strength to pursue it.


    I disagree, solidarity only to the struggling workers who are conscious of what it means to be a worker. The rest of them can go f-themselves as they think what is good for the boss is good for them. They'll work for free to keep the boss rich and everyone else poor.

    Solidarity to those who struggle for equality and freedom. Everyone else deserve what they get.

    I have a feeling you will agree, I am just saying because I think the clarification is important. Solidarity without political content is worse than charity.

  66. Laternative Spirit

    I've got shivers running down my spine while listening to this masterpiece.

  67. trillium


  68. trillium

    Gd's advice is ALWAYS SOUND ADVICE.

  69. trillium


  70. Ioanna Paraskeyopoulou

    Επίκαιρο...και ωραίο


    Άρης Χατζηστεφάνου for president :P

  71. Vasilis Vasilopoulos


  72. Μαρία


  73. albatross7677

    Traditional song about the unionization of the American coal miners. Refers to Harlan county , Kentucky, where shots were fired and people died.

    Anna Sefalik

    "Traditional" in the labor movement. Context. Context!