'The People United Will Never Be Defeated'

We present a new version of the song 'El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido', recorded during an interview with members of the Cambridge People's Assembly broadcast on the Rebel Arts Radio programme on 15 June. The performers were Olivier (voice), David (guitar), and a nameless friend (violin). Olivier wrote the new English words, below, to the song originally written by Sergio Ortega and Quilapayún.

The Cambridge People's Assembly previously appeared on Rebel Arts Radio on 16 June 2014, when Olivier and David performed a new version of 'Which Side Are You On?', by Florence Reece.


The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Words

They stand up tall, their backs against the wall
Their flags are torn, their voices are coarse
But you will come and march alongside me
And we will raise new banners floating in the wind
The twilight zone will turn into the dawn
Of a day of peace and justice for all

Arise, unite, and don’t give up the fight
Face guns with stones and arrogance with rights
The harder they come, the harder they fall
We stand as one, the Internationale
We know the day will come when we shall overcome
And sing a song of liberty for all

So when the people, united in their struggle
Will raise their voice, you’ll answer their call

The people united will never be defeated
The people united will never be defeated

We stand up strong, though many have fallen
Their names unsung but their plight unforgotten
Their blood has soaked the streets of our town
We must prevail: if we lose every battle
We will rise anew and keep alive the voice
Of men who sang of dignity for all

Arise, arise, the time has come again
When might is right, to rekindle the flame
To turn the tide of rising poverty
We will not bow to powers of iniquity
We shall reclaim the ground that workers ploughed
And bring about equality for all

So when the workers, united in their struggle
Will raise their voice, you’ll answer their call

The people united will never be defeated
The people united will never be defeated

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