Co-operation Reigns

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words by Paul Spencer, 1999
traditional Irish tune “I’m Leaving Tipperary”

           G                             C                G                                 D

1. Although we live beneath the cloud of greedy corporations,

          G                           C        G                          D     G

We must believe we will achieve our proper liberation,

          G                               C          G                                        D

The world of business marches on as though it can’t be halted,

         G                            C         G                                  D           G

But tyrants past have fallen down when peasants have revolted.


   G                                                                               D

Goodbye Coles, goodbye Shell, goodbye Coca-Cola,

        G        (F#)           Em                       C       D             G

Today we save each other from our gluttonous controller.

           G                               Em                          A7                              D7

The world was ill with wretched pain, its creatures bound in chains,

         G        D    C         G         C     D         G              C  D

But justice is alive today, co-operation reigns ha ha ha!

2. The world has been through times of good and times of rampant evil,

And nothing we have faced has made us sad beyond retrieval,

For every season cycles ’round and Winter turns to harvest,

And justice rallies close again when once it was the farthest.

3. We’ll sing this song the day we’re free from bondage to the wealthy,

When streets are filled with dance and song and lives are full and healthy,

But vict’ry comes by small degrees and constant confrontation,

So ev’ry time we take a step we’ll sing in celebration.