Sea Green Singers - Chartist Anthem
A Song by Ben Boucher©1847
A hundred years, a thousand years,
The way is blind with blood and sweat,
SGS don't sing this verse
Speak with one voice, we march we rest,
Notes from http://unionsong.com/u692.html
This song by the Dudley poet Ben Boucher dates from the Chartist struggles of the 1840s. The People's Charter was drawn up In 1837 demanding more of a say for the masses of workers then slaving in factories and living in hovels. This Charter, which developed into Chartism, demanded amongst other things: votes for all adult males, annual parliamenlt, and secret ballots, all demands that appeared revolutionary at the time. Ben Boucher (1769-1851) was a miner who turned to making a living by writing and selleing his poems at a penny each in the streets of Dudley. He died in Dudley workhouse.
The song was first published Michael Raven's collection Jolly Machine (industrial folksongs from the West Midlands).
The YouTube clip uses a track from Cumbawamba's CD English Rebel Songs