The Monument (Lest We Forget)

In the corner of a quiet field there’s a monument today
put up by the mine workers at the UMWA
to mark the spot where children had their lives taken away
and it’s standing there in case we might forget

Lest we forget in case we might forget
how the rich men and his police and his press
got away with murder then, they get away with it yet
and it’s standing there in case we might forget

you may turn the pages of your history books in vain
the first thing men of power learn is never to take the blame
just tell the people shameless lies does nothing ever change
history is always written by the winners

Lest we forget in case we might forget
how the rich men and his police and his press
got away with murder then, they get away with it yet
and it’s standing there in case we might forget

in today’s newspapers the headlines change so fast
so much information in the memory doesn’t last
but if we learn nothing from the lessons of the past
I’m afraid that we are destined to relive it

Lest we forget in case we might forget
how the rich men and his police and his press
got away with murder then, they get away with it yet
and it’s standing there in case we might forget

In a corner of a quiet field there’s a momument today
put up by the mine workers at the unwa
to mark the spot where children had their lives taken away
and it’s standing there in case we might forget

By Andy Irvine

“The Monument (Lest We Forget)” is Irvine’s revisiting of the Ludlow Massacre in the coalfields of Southern Colorado on 20 April 1914.

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