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VANCOUVER - The passion CUPE civic workers have for the public services they provide and their desire for a fair and speedy resolution to this strike can be heard in the songs they write and sing on the picketline. Hear the latest song from “Karen & the Picketers” - a group formed on the line and made up of CUPE 15 member and City of Vancouver Inspections Division Clerk Karen Hynes and her fellow picketers. Hynes is the lead vocalist and their latest song it “Back on the Picketline”.

Lyrics below. Audio mp3s of songs found at bottom.

BACK ON THE PICKET LINE

I’M BACK ON THE PICKET LINE
HOW I MISS THAT JOB OF MINE
I’M BACK WHERE I BELONG
BACK ON THE PICKET LINE

DON’T KNOW WHY WE CAN’T BARGAIN
AND SETTLE UP THIS SCORE
SINCE VANCOUVER DESERVES SERVICES
NEGOTIATIONS SHOULDN’T BE IGNORED

873 7-6-2-1
IS THE NUMBER FOR SULLIVAN
HELP US BACK TO OUR CITY JOBS
RESOLVE THIS SITUATION

SAM SULLIVAN NEEDS TO HEAR
HOW THIS STRIKE AFFECTS YOU ALL
UNTIL SAM NEGOTIATES
THE PICKET LINE IS WHERE I HAVE TO STAY

I’M BACK ON THE PICKET LINE
HOW I MISS THAT JOB OF MINE
I’M BACK WHERE I BELONG
BACK ON THE PICKET LINE

BACK ON THE PICKET LINE

BACK ON THE PICKET LINE

BACK ON THE PICKET LINE

WRITTEN BY JUDY CORCORANGATHERING PLACE - CITY OF VANCOUVER & CUPE 15 MEMBER. PERFORMED BY KAREN HYNESINSPECTIONS DIVISION CLERK - CITY OF VANCOUVER & CUPE 15 MEMBER - (In the tune of Back in Baby’s Arms by Patsy Cline)

 

THE PICKETERS

OH WELL WE’RE THE TYPE OF PEEPS, WHO LIKES TO GO TO WORK
WHERE THE PERMITS ARE, WELL YOU KNOW THAT WE’RE AROUND
WE SIT & WE WATCH THE OTHER MAYORS MAKE A DEAL
WE ARE HERE ON STRIKE, SAVING FOR OUR NEXT MEAL
THEY CALL US THE PICKETERSYEAHTHE PICKETERS
WE ROAM AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND

OH WELL THERE’S LAURIE TO MY LEFT AND TINA TO MY RIGHT
AND RISHENA IS THE ONE, THAT WILL PICKET HERE TONIGHT
AND WHEN THE PEOPLE ASK ME, WHEN THEIR GARBAGE IS GONNA GO
I HOLD UP MY SIGN AND TELL THEMSAM IS THE ONE WHO KNOWS”!!
WE ARE THE PICKETERSYEAHTHE PICKETERS
WE ROAM AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND

WE’VE BEEN ON STRIKE FOR QUITE SOME TIME
BECAUSE THE CONTRACT IS A JOKE
I WEAR MY CUPE SIGN WITH PRIDE
BECAUSE I WON’T SIGN THAT SILLY CONTRACT

OH WELL WE’RE THE TYPE OF PEEPS, WHO LIKES TO GO TO WORK
WHERE THE BYLAWS ARE MAINTAINED, WELL YOU KNOW THAT WE’RE AROUND
WE SIT & WE WATCH THE OTHER MAYORS MAKE A DEAL
WE ARE HERE ON STRIKE, SAVING FOR OUR NEXT MEAL
THEY CALL US THE PICKETERSYEAHTHE PICKETERS
WE ROAM AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND

OH WELL WE’RE THE TYPE OF PEEPS, WHO LIKES TO GO TO WORK
WHERE THE STINKY GARBAGE IS, WELL YOU KNOW THAT WE’RE AROUND
WE SIT & WE WATCH THE OTHER MAYORS MAKE A DEAL
WE ARE HERE ON STRIKE, SAVING FOR OUR NEXT MEAL
THEY CALL US THE PICKETERSYEAHTHE PICKETERS
WE ROAM AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND

THEY CALL US THE PICKETERSYEAHTHE PICKETERS
WE ROAM AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND, AROUND

CAUSE WE ARE PICKETERSYEAHTHE PICKETERS
WE ROAM AROUND, AROUND AROUND, AROUND, AROUND

PERMFORMED & WRITTEN BY KAREN HYNESINSPECTIONS DIVISION CLERKCITY OF VANCOUVER & CUPE 15 MEMBER - (In the tune of The Wanderer)