With Spades and Hoes and Plows

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Inspired by the movie Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry. This song is about social gender construction, and it’s also about the miners’ strike, in order to remind ourselves that the liberation struggles are inseparable.

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"But the gentry must come down and the poor shall wear the crown. Stand up now diggers all, stand up now, stand up now". I can hear his cry to the depths of the mine, his tears won't fill the coalfield but my heart. I made my life in this hand-dug shrine, a life between firedamps and carts. I have to put up with it, no he won't be a prizefighter but a ballet dancer. I don't want to be a scab, no I don't. A choice between my son and colliers. "Your houses they pull down stand up now, stand up now." Months of strike cut into my meager savings. Lesson tickets for my son aren't expensive but i can't afford it anymore. I'll feel ashamed, but now I’ll sit down and go back in the mine. Four centuries apart, diggers and miners, they didn't give up. Kings and lawyers, same attitude, same shared interests.

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from s​/​t, released June 14, 2014

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More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters Strasbourg, France

Qualified as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters" in the files of the Chicago police departement and after gaining freedom over her slave condition, Lucy Parsons became one of the most revelant member of the revolution movement in the US.
Created at the end of 2011 in Strasbourg, MDTaTR lyrics and inspiration are set to stand along Lucy Parsons' hate for every form of oppression.
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