Anne Feeney | Union Maid

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Union Maid

by Anne Feeney

Utah Phillips calls her "the best labor singer in North America." 23 great songs.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. War on the Workers
3:39 $0.99
2. Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?
4:09 $0.99
3. Whatever Happened to the 8 Hour Day?
3:03 $0.99
4. We Just Come to Work Here
2:51 $0.99
5. National Health Care Now!
2:26 $0.99
6. We Do the Work
3:59 $0.99
7. Scabs
3:17 $0.99
8. Union Maid
3:30 $0.99
9. Bread and Roses
3:29 $0.99
10. Solidarity Forever
3:50 $0.99
11. School Days End
2:47 $0.99
12. Your Nursing Heart
3:23 $0.99
13. I'm Gonna Be an Engineer
5:29 $0.99
14. Do-Re-MI
3:37 $0.99
15. Fannie Sellins
2:33 $0.99
16. Which Side Are You On?
3:50 $0.99
17. Are My Hands Clean?
4:31 $0.99
18. After School
3:25 $0.99
19. Punch It In
2:20 $0.99
20. The Victim Gets the Blame
2:01 $0.99
21. The Sick Note
2:54 $0.99
22. The U.S. Steal Song
4:04 $0.99
23. Praise Boss
1:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is Anne Feeney's "best seller." It also features Jon Fromer's anthem "WE DO THE WORK," heard several times recently on Democracy Now!

23 union and work songs from the woman Utah Phillips calls "the best labor singer in North America." Energizing, inspiring, true songs that should be in the home of every member of the working class... especially union members! This is the CD to have in your player on the way to the rally ... read the rank 'n file reviews below, and write your own after you've had a listen.......

Here's what Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary says:
I adore Anne Feeney not only because she's a wonderful songwriter, which she is, but also because she's a person who has lived her songs.

Here's a review from Pause/Record:

Today's folk music is filled with the influences of labor music. From Joe Hill to Woody to Pete, many of the longest lasting songs are songs of the working class and those fighting for them.

It may be that torch that has been picked up by Anne Feeney, an unabashed union maid and self-proclaimed hellraiser. In one CD you can not only find a true and spirited bow to the classics of the labor movement, but hear a fresh look at the state of the protest song today. You won't read tomorrow's paper the same afterwards.

In the process of identifying heros and villains, traditions of class resistance and the humanizing the heartless history of capital, Anne Feeney becomes not just a folk singer but something of a working class hero herself.
Review by Genn Chryst, Guardsman Editor, SF City College

...easily one of the best CD's I've heard in a long, long time. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from a labor songs collection but it certainly wasn't anything this wonderful.

If you love the socially responsible aspect of the 60's folk-revolution music, you will love this CD.

Her songs are sad, funny, angry, and sarcastic, yet at the same time they are incredibly inspiring and motivating for the truth that they speak. Feeney gives voice to our anger but in a way that clarifies it even to us.

Labor singers have always written their songs to specific melodies and styles that were popular at the time. True to tradition Feeney has managed to incorporate an amazingly diverse array of styles including traditional Irish and Mexican ballads, Black spirituals, reggae, boogie, hip-hop, and ska into this CD. What's even more amazing is that it works! Nothing seems out of place. It all flows together so well that I didn't realize until the third listening that there was such an extreme variety of styles going on.

Feeney uses these different styles to form a kind of musical travelogue of the world's condition that takes you from America's heartland to a pub in Ireland, from the Nazi concentration camps of Europe, through Central America, and to a place I'm sure, lies somewhere near the soul of Birmingham, Alabama.

... one of my all time favorite CD's. And with her wonderful and versatile vocals and passion for what she sings I definitely want to hear a lot more of Anne Feeney.



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sandi buckert

the best cd i ever bought......inspiring to listen to as i go to work
i saw anne in person in april of 2005 and was so impressed that i bought this cd....i have shared it with my union {carpenters) and listen to it as i go to work for motivation.....i cant wait to walk a picket line to her songs next

One of the best cds
Union Maid is one of the best cds I've got. Its great to hear someone sing about subjects that really matter and yet still have a sense of humor. If you love music and have a social concience you will love this cd.

Mike Mcfarland

Makes you proud to be union
This cd makes you proud to be union. I love to listen to he sing about things that are important to people who work for a living. Great music with a socill conscience is hard to find. May she continue to raise a little hell wherever she goes

Eileen Sylvester

Love it!
I love the lyrics and the great sounds in this CD. Makes me proud to be a woman!
Keep up the great composing, Anne. I'll be back for more! God bless......

William Milz -- WEAC

Anne's best work yet!
Great collection of updated standards "Which Side Are You On","Praise Boss"; and today's topical issues "Are My Hands Clean?", "Punch it in". I found songs for every one of my friends -- hopefully to push them into activism. Thanks Anne!

Susan Declerck

A must for the union organizer and those that support workers rights and fights!
I was so pleased to give this CD as a Christmas gift to my daughter, a newly hired union organizer for casino workers. This is perfect for her long days tirelessly driving endless roads to speak to workers, or perhaps, to inspire with a song or two at the beginning of meetings. A real find!


Tough & Beautiful
Here's a woman who knows how the world (in this country and everyplace it affects) works and is doing her level best to get the message out over the heads of the Bush-slobbering Corporation-licking "media." Her medium is songs that are beautiful, tough, and true.

tim oconnor

A Voice of grace, power, inspiration to all who hear her sing.
All the lyrics ring true and the style is inspirational.

Cynhia Anderson - CWA Local 7603

Anne Feeney- Union Maid
This CD is what every Union Member should own. THANK YOU!!!

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