The World Turned Upside Down Lyrics

Billy Bragg

writers: Stephen William Bragg
album: Track 20 in album Back to Basics
release date: 1987
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genres: Rock
styles: Folk Rock/Alternative Rock
length: 2:36
producer: Kenny Jones
engineer: Kenny Jones
composer: Leon Rosselson
lyricist: Leon Rosselson

Cover Art

Billy Bragg Back to Basics cover art
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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

Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 The Milkman of Human Kindness
  • 2 To Have and to Have Not
  • 3 Richard
  • 4 Lovers Town Revisited
  • 5 A New England
  • 6 The Man in the Iron Mask
  • 7 The Busy Girl Buys Beauty
  • 8 It Says Here
  • 9 Love Gets Dangerous
  • 10 From a Vauxhall Velox
  • 11 The Myth of Trust
  • 12 The Saturday Boy
  • 13 Island of No Return
  • 14 This Guitar Says Sorry
  • 15 Like Soldiers Do
  • 16 St. Swithin's Day
  • 17 Strange Things Happen
  • 18 A Lover Sings
  • 19 Between the Wars
  • 20 The World Turned Upside Down
  • 21 Which Side Are You On