Tony Benn keeps the red flag flying by Umbra101
Clear

Tony Benn keeps the red flag flying by 


May Day Celebrations , London 2010

The people’s flag is deepest red,

It shrouded oft our martyred dead,

And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,

Their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.

Within its shade we’ll live and die,

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,

We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

Look ‘round, the Frenchman loves its blaze,

The sturdy German chants its praise,

In Moscow’s vaults its hymns are sung

Chicago swells the surging throng.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.

Within its shade we’ll live and die,

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,

We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

It waved above our infant might,

When all ahead seemed dark as night;

It witnessed many a deed and vow,

We must not change its colour now.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.

Within its shade we’ll live and die,

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,

We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

It well recalls the triumphs past,

It gives the hope of peace at last;

The banner bright, the symbol plain,

Of human right and human gain.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.

Within its shade we’ll live and die,

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,

We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

It suits today the weak and base,

Whose minds are fixed on pelf and place

To cringe before the rich man’s frown,

And haul the sacred emblem down.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.

Within its shade we’ll live and die,

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,

We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

With heads uncovered swear we all

To bear it onward till we fall;

Come dungeons dark or gallows grim,

This song shall be our parting hymn.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.

Within its shade we’ll live and die,

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,

We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

Written: 1889 
Lyrics: Jim Connel


Comments

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent photo.

  • Thanks Helen :)

    – Umbra101

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitaualmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic portrait shot!!!

  • Thank you Jean :)

    – Umbra101

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Dunc! Love the angle and the background. He must be in turmoil at all the latest blue/yellow proposed mix, but blue and yellow make green innit! Fat chance….

  • Thanks Denis, Happy New Year :)
    I’ve voted green since I was….green! Since the 80’s anyway.
    One thing did tickle me about Tone’s speech was…. " I’m 85 you know " Gawd bless him and all that sail in him, thats what I say.
    I was looking at the figures earlier and the BNP got nearly twice the votes that the Greens got….. proof that EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION was a load of old bollocks

    – Umbra101

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 5 years ago

    Such shennanegans Dunc. If the blue and yellow = green coalition doesn’t happen, and we end up with a Brownless orange of red and yellow, I bet Dave will be purple with rage!

  • ….ah well, looks as if someone played poker with a witch and yellow turned blue :(

    – Umbra101

  • moyo
    moyoalmost 5 years ago

    great documentary

  • Thanks moyo :)

    – Umbra101

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 5 years ago

    June 4, 2010

  • Thanks very much Teresa :)

    – Umbra101

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 5 years ago

    You are so very welcome Urban Umbra

  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...over 2 years ago

  • Vince Russell
    Vince Russellover 2 years ago

    Just wonderful!! Powerful stuff!

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.