On Thursday, the women cried Bread, Peace and Land
On Friday, the workers walked out, joined their stand
On Saturday, more marched, a whole city spanned
On Sunday, the Tsar made the Duma disband
By Monday, Provisional and Soviet command
He went too far
Legged it quick
And now he's off -
Lenin returned and he set out the score
The new system's capitalist, the rich rule the poor
Like Oliver Twist, now the Bolshies want more
It's workers' democracy we're fighting for
This is not our republic; this isn't our war
Workers discussed their rebellion's goal
Resolved they would advocate workers' control
Knew their oppressors were power-crazed and vicious
So they set up Red Guards and formed people's militias
Marching in protest at government fallacies
Peace for the hovels! War for the palaces!
Challenge the rulers and all their associates
Down with the Ministers! Power to the Soviets!
Workers rose too soon
Insurgency was doomed
To repress, arrest
Suppress the press
Government meets - workers strike
No time to retreat - workers fight
Government repression - workers' objection
Kerensky's response - postpone the election
Kornilov's coup threatened bloody retribution
Bolshevik fightback saved the revolution
Peasants seizing land
Army in mutiny
And everywhere democracy
In councils and in factories
Debating, making policy
Electing Comrade Trotsky
The time is now.
If not now, when?
If not us, who?
We are hungry, angry people
Still sent to a war
Without our support
They are ready to fall
We are ready to rule
Soviet government began.