Co-operation Reigns

Words: Paul Spencer, 1999
Melody: Trad. Irish “I’m Leaving Tipperary”
Arranged: Miguel Heatwole, 2000

Almost every day we score a small, emotional victory against the colonisation of our life essentials and, now and then, we organise co-operatively and effectively and achieve something momentous or structural. Hence this song, to the tune of a fantastically hopeful song about emigrating from Tipperary to America.


Although we live beneath the cloud of greedy corporations
We must believe we will achieve our proper liberation.
The world of business marches on as though it can’t be halted
But tyrants past have fallen down when peasants have revolted.

Goodbye Coles! Goodbye Shell! Goodbye Coca-Cola!
Today we save each other from our gluttonous controller.
The world was ill with wretched pain, it’s creatures bound in chains,
But justice is alive today! Co-operation reigns! Ha, ha, ha!

The world has been through times of good and times of rampant evil,
But nothing we have seen has made us sad beyond retrieval,
For every season cycles ’round and Winter turns to harvest,
And justice rallies close again when once it was the farthest.

We’ll sing this song the day we’re free from bondage to the wealthy,
When streets are filled with dance and song and lives are full and healthy,
But victory comes by small degrees and constant confrontation,
So every time we take a step we’ll sing in celebration.

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