Troublemaker

© Maria Dunn, 2004 SOCAN

Inspired by more recent struggles in the lives of working people in Alberta. I tend to change up the words depending on the occasion and the issue of protest at hand. Get in touch with your inner troublemaker!

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They call me a troublemaker ’cause I’m finally saying “no”
I’ve been working hard and yet my pay is still so low
But when I spoke my mind they said:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me a greedy worker ’cause I want my rollback back
In my employer’s time of need I tried to help them get on track
But when I asked to share the profits they said:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me a troublemaker ’cause I walk that picket line
Telling this new contractor they’ve taken what is mine
But when I walked where I’d be seen they said:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me scaremonger because I won’t agree
To someone making profits from the healthcare that we need
But when I asked who’s making money they said:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me a troublemaker ’cause I’m gonna demonstrate
And make sure human rights don’t take a back seat to world trade
But as I blocked their logging road they said:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me an idealist because I want to close the gap
The poor are getting poorer in Alberta’s ample lap
So next time I cast my vote I’ll say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

Maria Dunn vocal · Shannon Johnson harmony vocal ·
Dawn Anderson harmony vocal · David Ward harmony vocal

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Photo in CD Liner Notes: Workers’ May Day parade at Drumheller, Alberta, pre-1940 (Glenbow Archives NA-3472-4)