The World Turned Upside Down

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words & music by Leon Rosselson

In 1649 to St. George's Hill
A ragged band they called the "Diggers" came to show the peoples' 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 land in common and to make the wasteland grow
"This earth divided we will make whole
"So it can 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 stole the lands
"Now everywhere the walls rise up at their commands"

"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 feeds the rich while poor men starve"

"We work, we eat together, we need no swords
"We will not bow to masters or pay rent to the lords
"We are free men, 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 roots out the Diggers' claim
Burn down their cottages, tear down their corn
They came in peace, but the orders came to cut them down

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
They were dispersed, but still the vision lingers on

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