World Turned Upside Down – Diggers Song


World Turned Upside Down (Diggers)
(Leon Rosselson) Recorded by Dick Gaughan

In 1649 To St George’s Hill

A ragged band they called the Diggers

Came to show the people’ s will

They defied the landlords

They defied the laws

They were the dispossessed

Reclaiming what was theirs

We come in peace, they said
To dig and sow

We come to work the land in common

And to make the waste land grow


This earth divided
We will make whole

So it can be
A common treasury for all.


The sin of property
We do disdain
No one has any right to buy and sell
The earth for private gain
By theft and murder
They took the land
Now everywhere the walls
Rise up at their command.


They make the laws
To chain us well
The clergy dazzle us with heaven
Or they damn us into hell
We will not worship
The God they serve
The God of greed who feeds the rich
While poor men starve


We work, we eat together
We need no swords
We will not bow to masters
Or pay rent to the lords
We are free men
Though we are poor
You Diggers all stand up for glory

Stand up now

From the men of properall.

To conquer them by love, come in now, come in now
To conquer them by love, come in now;
To conquer them by love, as it does you behove,
For he is King above, no power is like to love,
Glory here, Diggers all.
and ‘gainst Priests, stand up now, stand up now,
‘Gainst lawyers and ‘gainst Priests stand up now.
For tyrants they are both even flat against their oath,
To grant us they are loath.




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