Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I almost missed it today - 75th Anniversary of Cable Street

In keeping with my theme of "Anarchy in the UK" which is my one of my side projects, I am adding these two YouTube videos on the Battle of Cable Street on to my blog.  Here is a link to the Wiki description to the Battle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cable_Street 


Period news footage of the Battle


Just a great music video done with a song by "The Men They Couldn't Hang", called "The Ghosts of Cable Street"

"The Ghosts Of Cable Street "
Lyrics

England, 1936
The grip of the Sabbath day
In London town the only sound
Is a whisper in an alleyway
Men put on their gloves and boots
Have a smoke before they go
From the west there is a warning of
A wind about to blow

Like Caesar marching to the East

Marches Mosley with his men
Dressed in their clothes of deepest black
Like a gathering hurricane
This is the British Union
With its flag of black and red
A flag that casts a shadow in
Berlin and in Madrid

So listen to the sound of marching feet

And the voices of the ghosts of Cable Street
Fists and stones and batons and the gun
With courage we shall beat those blackshirts down

So mile by mile they come on down

To a place called Cable Street
And other men are waiting there
Preparations are complete
Mosley comes so close
They now can see his outstretched arm
A hand raised up that way
Never took the future in its palm

Listen to the sound of marching feet

And the voices of the ghosts of Cable Street
Fists and stones and batons and the gun
With courage we shall beat those blackshirts down

The battle broke as the fists and the batons fell

Through the barricades came the sound of the wounded yells
Jack Spot burst through with a chair leg made of lead
Brought down a crashing blow on Mosley's head

And so we learn from history generations have to fight

And those who crave for mastery
Must be faced down on sight
And if that means by words, by fists, by stones or by the gun

Remember those who stood up for

Their daughters and their sons

Listen to the sound of marching feet

And the voices of the ghosts of Cable Street
Fists and stones and batons and the gun
With courage we shall beat those blackshirts down

Listen to the sound of marching feet

And the voices of the ghosts of Cable Street
Fists and stones and batons and the gun
With courage we shall beat those blackshirts down

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