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Traditional 18th-Century labor union song


The papermakers' complaint

A Picard and Norman, we
A Champenois who's called la Ruine
They'd make our companion be.
But don't you know the good old ways
Leave our poor world these present days.

The masters are in one accord
That there aren't jobs enough in France now,
And so we'll journey to Provence
By the road to Sisteron
We'll try our luck in Carcasonne,
A small town, but of great renown.

These masters ask it, of their will,
To have their workmen of their choosing,
Night and day, for good or ill.
Just let them go where they are fit to,
They're out to drive us down the pits.


from Ennemi du Sommeil, released November 20, 2015
Traditional, from Angouleme in southwestern France


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